Re: DIFAX Alternatives

DIFAX Community,

The NWS has informed Unidata that it will give a six month notice to the discontinuation 
of the DIFAX products. That is why the word "eventually" was used. We do not 
know when that 6 month warning will be given. Another option we are investigating is 
delivering the Wisconsin products via the IDD to aid in the speed and timeliness of the 
delivery of these products.


Thank you for your comments,

-Jeff Weber

On Tue, 25 Jul 2000, Jeff Weber wrote:

DIFAX community,

The National Weather Service has informed Unidata that the DIFAX service  will 
be terminated eventually.  Alden has encountered some problems with  the DIFAX 
service via the IDD, that they currently are providing.
Unidata has tracked these issues and coordinated some options that can be  
utilized when the DIFAX service ceases to exist or Alden continues with  idd 
transmission difficulties.
Unidata is generating .gif imagery of these products via Redbook Graphics and can be viewed or downloaded at:

http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/chiz/redbook/
The University of Wisconsin is also generating DIFAX type products which  are 
available for viewing and download in postscript format at:

http://mapmaker.meteor.wisc.edu/difaxmaps/


NOAA also offers DIFAX type products for viewing and download in  compressed 
(G4) .tiff formats at:

http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/graph.shtml

and

http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/wefax/products.htm

DIFAX will cease operations in the near future, we offer these options as  
interim solutions.