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.
--On Monday, April 10, 2000 8:14 AM -0600 Linda Miller
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
Thanks for your note, Jim.