Unidata Update: January 2022

In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of January, 2022.

UCAR continues to follow physical distancing guidelines, and Unidata Program Center staff are continuing to work from home at this time. We're all still available by e-mail and other electronic means to help with your data and software needs. Please don't hesitate to write to us if there is something we can do to help keep your science up and running.

Upcoming deadlines to be aware of:

4 February Student Summer Internship Applications
25 March Unidata 2022 Community Equipment Awards Proposals

Highlights from last month:

Community Supported GEMPAK: an Update

Gempak

In March of 2021, the Unidata Program Center made the community aware that it no longer had software development resources available to support the continued use and evolution of GEMPAK. This post describes the current situation and includes information about the most current community supported release.

netCDF-Java version 5.5.2 released

netCDF-Java

The Unidata THREDDS development team released netCDF-Java 5.5.2 on January 5th, 2022; this release addresses an issue discovered in version 5.5.1 for users running JDK 8.

Minor Release: python-awips 18.1.8

AWIPS

A new minor release (version 18.1.8) of the python-awips package is available. This release includes a change to support a new warning, Snow Squall Warnings (SQ.W).

Update: AMS 2022 Meeting to be Virtual

AMS 2022

The American Meteorological Society has announced that the 102st annual meeting, held 22-27 January 2022, would be held virtually rather than in the hybrid format previously envisioned.

Minor Release - AWIPS EDEX 18.2.1-4 on Linux

AWIPS

A new minor release (version 18.2.1-4) of AWIPS EDEX is available for Linux servers. No changes have been made to CAVE since the 18.2.1-3 release, however the version for Linux has been updated to 18.2.1-4.

AWIPS Tips: Create a Colored Surface Temperature Plot

AWIPS Tips

This Tip has to do with another Jupyter Notebook for python-awips.

Reminder: Unidata 2022 Community Equipment Awards

Equipment Awards

The 2022 Unidata Community Equipment Awards solicitation is open and accepting proposals. Not sure if the Community Equipment Awards program is for you? Check out our short video explaining the program and the (low stress, we hope) application process.

NetCDF Fortran 4.5.4

netCDF

Version 4.5.4 of the netCDF-Fortran library is now available. This version requires the netCDF-C library version 4.7.4 or greater; it includes many bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements.

Unidata at the Virtual AMS 2022 Meeting

AMS 2022

The American Meteorological Society held its 102st annual meeting virtually, 22-27 January 2022. Read on for details about participation by Unidata staff, including events for those participating in the AMS Student Conference.

MetPy 1.2.0 Released

MetPy

Version 1.2.0 of MetPy, a collection of tools in Python for reading, visualizing, and performing calculations with weather data, has been released. The project aims to mesh well with the rest of the scientific Python ecosystem, including the Numpy, Scipy, and Matplotlib projects, adding functionality specific to meteorology. This release includes a variety of new features and enhancements, as well a variety of fixes for issues encountered by users.

NetCDF operators (NCO) version 5.0.5

NCO

Version 5.0.5 of the netCDF Operators (NCO) has been released. NCO is an Open Source package that consists of a dozen standalone, command-line programs that take netCDF files as input, then operate (e.g., derive new data, average, print, hyperslab, manipulate metadata) and output the results to screen or files in text, binary, or netCDF formats.

AWIPS Tips: Access Learn AWIPS CAVE from Unidata eLearning

AWIPS Tips

This Tip puts a spotlight on Learn AWIPS CAVE, which has moved to Unidata’s new eLearning hub, Unidata eLearning.

On the Developer's Blog

Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. In January, the MetPy Mondays series talks about creating PDF reports with Python, the release of MetPy version 1.2.0, and making a plot of K-index values.

Governing Committee News

Unidata's Users Committee fall 2021 sessions consisted of a series of virtual meetings in September, October, and November.

Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee fall 2021 session consisted of a series of virtual meetings in September, October, and November.

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