Re: [gembud] GEMPAK going away in 3-5 years?

Well, I am not starting rumors.  How could I start a rumor about something I 
never heard of?

As I stated in my first post I read about AWIPS2 on the Unidata website, and 
quoted the passage:

http://www.unidata.ucar.edu/newsletter/2008jan/index.html

Article written by Don Murray who just posted:

"At the recent Fall Users Committee meeting, two items were discussed that brought 
the need for this capability to the forefront. First, many Unidata sites have been 
archiving case studies in GEMPAK format. As new member Bill Gallus from Iowa State 
stated, accessing these data in the IDV would be a boon to IDV use in the community. 
There is the belief that some scientists are not using IDV because of the lack of support 
for the GEMPAK file format in which they store their data. The second pressing issue is 
the impending transition of NAWIPS/GEMPAK to AWIPS2 in the next 3-5 years. At this point, 
it is unknown how that will impact Unidata's GEMPAK users, but the committee thought that 
having IDV support GEMPAK data files would be a way for GEMPAK users to transition to the 
IDV if they wanted."


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From: gembud-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Van Tress,Michael J - PGPW-5
Sent: Fri 1/11/2008 9:17 AM
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Subject: Re: [gembud] GEMPAK going away in 3-5 years?

Would it be possible for UNIDATA to add an AWIPS2 group to their mailing
list to subscribe to?

This is the first I've heard about AWIPS2 being available to the public.
If this is just a rumor, that's fine.  However, a mailing list, or some
other forum, where information is free flowing can squelch the rumor if
it indeed is a rumor.

In my opinion, this has been an excellent discussion.  Having been in
the weather business for 18 years, I've seen the NWS transition from
AFOS to GEMPAK/NAWIPS to AWIPS.  Gempak has been around and steady for
most of that 18 years.  However, it's naive to think that GEMPAK will be
around forever, and this has been a wake up call to at least begin
thinking about an alternative system.  At the same time though, I'm not
going to believe that AWIPS2 is going to be available to the public
until I see it on a NOAA site.

Some AWIPS2 forum to keep the information free flowing can/will help
keep the rumors to a minimum.  So with that, would it be possible to set
up an AWIPS2 list?

Thanks!

-Mike-