GEMPAK 5.9.3 available

GEMPAK users,

GEMPAK version 5.9.3 is now available for download from the
Unidata/GEMPAK web portal. A list of new features can be found under the
what's new section of the current GEMPAK release information. Additional
details are provided in the WhatsNew help file available through the
NMAP2 help button or the $GEMHLP/hlp/WhatsNew.hlp file.

Of particular note is the change to dcgrib2 to store GRIB2 bulletins
without unpacking. This change requires that programs reading GRIB2 data
decoded by dcgrib2 be upgraded to v5.9.3 as well. Note that this change
does not affect decoding of GRIB1 bulletins, nor does it affect GRIB2
products decoded by nagrib2 at this time.

Developers should note the architectural changes to the GEMPAK grid
library routines planned for the 5.9.4 release. A list of depricated
routines as well as instructions for migrating to the new grid library
interface implemented in GEMPAK 5.8.1 is provided. It is important that
locally developed programs which link to the GEMPAK library for grid
access be updated to the current method of grid file access by the next
release. The changes being implemented to the GEMPAK grid library
routines will make GEMPAK more extensible in the future.

Please refer any questions to support-gempak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Steve Chiswell
Unidata User Support

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