In case you missed it — here's a recap of news from the Unidata Program Center for the month of September, 2021.
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Highlights from last month:
Unidata's MetPy team offered another session of the Introduction to MetPy virtual workshop! The 4-hour interactive workshop is designed to introduce participants to the MetPy Python package and accessing data products made available by Unidata. If you or someone you know has an interest in getting started with MetPy workflows, this workshop is a great place to start.
This Tip is all about working with the Points and Baselines tools. These tools are interactive reference graphics in a map editor that we use for creating any non-plan view display type in the AWIPS CAVE Volume Browser.
The Unidata THREDDS Development Team released an updated version of the THREDDS Data Server (TDS) (and bundled netCDF-Java/Common Data Model (CDM) library) on September 9th, 2021. This release contains a variety of bug fixes, as well as updates to third-party libraries, including security updates. A summary of changes, download links, and links to Docker Images can be found on the 4.6.17 GitHub release page.
The THREDDS Data Server (TDS) version 5.0 release was announced on September 20th, 2021. This is the first release of the 5.x TDS and includes many bug fixes, enhancements, and a variety of updates to 3rd party libraries which include security updates.
This edition of AWIPS Tips explores two additional display types you can create in the CAVE Volume Browser: vertical cross sections and time series.
The 2021 Unidata Users Committee Community Survey seeks your feedback both on existing Unidata services and possible future directions for the program. Your ideas will help inform Unidata's path forward; your participation is much appreciated.
Version 5.0.2 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.
On the Developer's Blog
Unidata Program Center developers write regularly on technical topics on the Unidata Developer's Blog. In September, MetPy Mondays is a bit of a grab bag, with episodes on plotting hurricane tracks, handy Python tips, a "rule of thumb" about atmospheric lapse rates, and a celebration of the first 200(!) weeks of the series.
Governing Committee News
Unidata's Users Committee spring 2021 session consisted of two virtual meetings February and one in May. The committee will hold a series of virtual meetings in September, October, and November, together comprising the Fall 2021 meeting.
Unidata's Strategic Advisory Committee spring 2021 session consisted of two virtual meetings in February and one in late April. The committee will hold a series of virtual meetings in September, October, and November, together comprising the Fall 2021 meeting.