Re: DIFAX update

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Hi all,

I should also add that Chiz has demonstrated facilities that allow GEMPAK users 
to generate the equivalent of DIFAX maps from the Redbook graphics products 
available on NOAAPORT.   He and Jeff Weber are looking into how these fit in 
with the products Michael is creating.  In any case, our usual approach is to 
try to provide tools for processing the data to produce products at the user 
sites.   But, if sites want to experiment with the distribution of Michaels 
processed products from U of Wisconsin, there are precedents for that as well.

We'd definitely like to hear your view in this, Jim.

-- Ben

--On Monday, April 10, 2000 8:14 AM -0600 Linda Miller <lmiller@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Jim,

Sorry about this delayed response.  I was on vacation last week.

--On Mon, Apr 3, 2000 11:30 AM -0500 "James T. Moore" <moore@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I just caught the traffic concerning the demise of the difax charts.  Here, we 
were planning to coordinate with Mike Morgan on obtaining some of his script 
for GEMPAK (as a temp-plate) and then writing up some of our own so we can send 
GEMPAK charts to a laserprinter.  I am like Rich Clark...I must have some paper 
maps printed up each day.

The NWS has assured us that they would provide a 6-month notification, prior to cessation 
of the difax service.  Redbook Graphics and gridded  products will be on the NWS 
Telecommunications Gateway channel (NOAAPort  Channel 3) to replace the current difax 
service.  NCEP is the "driver" of  this service change.  Until the NWS 
operations receives word that NCEP is  ready to make the change, difax will continue.

If anything develops about this DIFAX situation and its replacement I  would 
appreciate hearing from you.  Are Ben and Mike working out something to replace 
the maps..or just coordinating the distribution of  his GEMPAK scripts?

During the discussion at the Users Committee meeting, Ben and Mike were  asked 
to work together on the most efficient method of handling this.  If  you have 
opinions, please feel free to let Ben and Mike know what method would work best 
for you.

Thanks for your note, Jim.


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