GEMPAK Status Report

Michael James
March 23, 2009


Current Status

GEMPAK 5.11.4 release (April 2009)

There have been various calling sequence changes since the release of GEMPAK 5.11.1. Updates include:

More information can be found in the release notes NMAP2 Help "What's New" section:

GEMPAK 5.11.4 beta release

It was decided to give GEMPAK users a chance to report back to Unidata on any issues they encountered due to these changes, which is why the initial GEMPAK 5.11.4 release in February 2009 was labeled "beta".

NAWIPS to AWIPS II transition

The UPC is keenly aware that the upcoming migration of GEMPAK/NAWIPS to AWIPS-II will have a significant impact on our community and that many of you have concerns. Be assured that we are fully committed to supporting university GEMPAK users for as long as feasible, even as we work with our users in providing a smooth and orderly migration to other long term solutions. We have set up a web page with information about the transition, including an FAQ.

We are currently evaluating the latest release (TO10) of AWIPS II which was released in February 2009, and are working with the User's Committee to identifiy and prioritize GEMPAK functionality that must be replaced in new software incarnations. We are expecting a preliminary alpha release of NAWIPS in the AWIPS II environment sometime in April for evaluation.

For more information, please see:

March 12-13 In-House Workshop

Alan Czarnetzki and two of this students/computer support persons from the University of Northern Iowa visited Unidata on March 12-13 for a short workshop on LDM and GEMPAK. We'll be assisting them as they work to setup the LDM + GEMPAK together on their new system and expand their weather product generation.