RE: watch/warning updates

It looks like GEMPAK already does what I would like to do (the animated GIF).  
As you say, this is all a bit confusing as there is some overlap.  I will sit 
back down and go over gpmap again.

Thanks very much,
Robert Mullenax

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Chiswell [mailto:chiz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Mon 10/16/2006 5:25 PM
To: Robert Mullenax
Cc: gembud@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; GEMPAK support
Subject: RE: watch/warning updates

If you have a specific question regarding pqact entries for dcwcn, dcwou, or 
dcwcp and or displaying the results in gpmap or nmap2, I can help you with 
those as well as if you can provide specific instances of what you are 
missing/expecting to display.

Regarding the status lines for the initial watch boxes which GEMPAK can draw in 
GPMAP/NMAP2 using the WATCH parameter, such as: 
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/chiz/gifs/statuslines.gif the dcwtch decoder 
is handling the update based on the WOUS20 KWNS bulletin lines such as:
WOUS20 KWNS 101851
WWASPC
SPC WW-A 101855
TXZ000-CWZ000-101940-

STATUS REPORT ON WW 822

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 20 ENE VCT
TO 20 NW PSX TO 30 W LBX TO 15 SW HOU TO 30 NNE HOU.

That is different than the polygon points such as Russ mentioned in the tornado 
warning bulletin.

The WOU and WCN bulletins that you mentioned do not have the lat/lon pairs at 
the end, but rather use the VTEC /UGC lines eg WOUS6x KWNS:

TORNADO WATCH 822 REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 700 PM CDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
TXC039-057-071-157-167-199-201-239-245-291-321-361-469-481-
110000-
/O.CON.KWNS.TO.A.0822.000000T0000Z-061011T0000Z/

GEMPAK uses the bounds tables for the counties to draw these regions in the WOU 
parameter.  You can draw the counties separately, or the UNION of the counties, 
such as is shown in the composite of WATCH & WOU here: 
http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/staff/chiz/gifs/watch_wou.gif

The dcwcp watch corner point decoder is capable of handling complex polygons 
for the corner points, but at the moment, these bulletins are only using 4 
points (unlike the tornado warning that Russ showed which contains greater than 
4 points).

There is some overlap currently in the watch outline and update bulletins which 
might be somewhat confusing as well since you can gather some information from 
more than one bulletin ID.

Steve Chiswell
Unidata User Support