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."
-----Original Message----- From: gembud-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on behalf of Van Tress,Michael J - PGPW-5 Sent: Fri 1/11/2008 9:17 AM To: gembud@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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-