[conduit] [CONDUIT #DYD-390666]: 20081022: follow-up to Unidata User's Committee CONDU IT survey

Users of the IDD CONDUIT datastream:

This email is being sent on behalf of the Unidata Users's Committee.

Compilation of responses to the Unidata User's Committee spring 2008 survey on
CONDUIT datastream deletions/additions showed consensus for the following 
changes
to the datastream:

Removals:

- 40 km NAM CONUS (NCEP offering to provide 12 km, 60 levels, 84 hours at 
0,6,12,18Z)
- 2.5 degree MRF out to 168 hours

Additions:

- RTMA -- Real Time Mesoscale Analysis
- SREF -- Short Range Ensemble Forecast

Based on the survey results, we will be working with NCEP to make the following 
changes
to CONDUIT _before_ the annual holiday moratorium on changes to the CCS Production Suite (currently scheduled for Wednesday, 17 December 2008, but changes must be requested
before Monday, 20 November):

1) remove the 40 km NAM and 2.5 degree MRF products from CONDUIT

2) add SREF data to CONDUIT

3) add the parallel run (non-operational) RTMA grids to CONDUIT (since the 
operational
  RTMA products are already available in the IDD; see below)

Please let us know as soon as possible if any of these changes will 
significantly impact
your use of data delivered in CONDUIT.


Comments on the availability of operational RTMA grids:

- a review of NWS TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION NOTICE announcements broadcast in 
NOAAPort:

 http://www.weather.gov/om/notification/tin06-24rtma_grids.txt
 http://www.weather.gov/os/notification/tin06-24aaa_rtma.txt
 http://xwww.isos.noaa.gov/om/notification/tin08-56_rtma.txt
 http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/notification/tin07-90rtma_alaska.txt
 etc.

 and sent to subscribers of the nws-changes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx email list:

 
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/mailing_lists/archives/nws-changes/2006-July/004324.html

 reminded us that a number of operational RTMA grids have been included in the 
NOAAPort
 satellite broadcast and in the IDD NGRID datastream since the end of summer, 
2006.

 The RTMA fields currently included in NGRID are:

 2 m Temperature and Temperature error
 2 m Dewpoint temperature and dewpoint temperature error
 10 m U wind component
 10 m V wind component
 10 m wind Direction and Direction error
 10 m wind Speed and Speed Error
 Precipitation /no error grid/
 GOES effective cloud amount /no error grid/

 A full listing of what is available can be generated using the 'notifyme' 
invocations
 listed below.

- a LDM 'pqact' pattern-action entry for some of the RTMA grids that are 
available in
 the IDD NGRID datastream is contained in the Unidata GEMPAK v5.11.1 (and 
several previous)
 release.

 Please review the information in the 'Site Configuration for Products' portion 
of
 the Unidata GEMPAK website for instructions on how to create LDM pattern-action
 file(s) and 'ldmd.conf' entries:

 Unidata HomePage
 http://www.unidata.ucar.edu

  Unidata GEMPAK HomePage
  http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/gempak

    Site Configuration for Products
    http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/software/gempak/GEMPAK/configuration.html

 The Unidata GEMPAK 5.11.4 release (which is being prepared now) will contain
 updated pattern(s) to process the RTMA grids in the IDD NGRID datastream.

- NOTE: for sites not using GEMPAK or the GEMPAK LDM pattern action files:

 - request the RTMA grids via an ldmd.conf entry for the NGRID datastream:

request NGRID "RTMA" upstream_feed_host                 <- replace 
'upstream_feed_host' with the
                                                          name of an LDM server 
that provides NGRID

 - use the LDM 'notifyme' utility to verify that your upstream and your own 
LDMs are
   receiving the RTMA products from NGRID (in both cases 'notifyme' is run as 
user 'ldm'):

Upstream:
notifyme -vxl- -f NGRID -o 10000 -p RTMA -h upstream_feed_host

Your own LDM:
notifyme -vxl- -f NGRID -o 10000 -p RTMA

 - example 'pqact' pattern-action file entries that will FILE the non-cloud 
amount
   and precipitation RTMA products into different directories based on their 
grid
   (e.g., grid 175, 201, 213, 227):

# RTMA (real-time mesoscale analysis) grids
NGRID   RTMA/#(.*)/(............)F.../(.*)/(.*) m HGHT
       FILE  data/rtma/\1/\2_\3.\4m

   Example 'pqact' pattern-action file entries that will FILE the RTMA GOES
   effective cloud amount and precipitation products:

# RTMA (real-time mesoscale analysis) cloud amount and precipitation grids
NGRID   RTMA/#(.*)/(............)F.../(.*)
       FILE  data/rtma/\1/\2_\3

   Please remember that some whitespace in 'pqact' patterns are tabs, not 
spaces:

   whitespace between NGRID and RTMA is a tab
   whitespace before FILE is a tab
   whitespace after FILE is a tab

Cheers,

Tom
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