You are correct in using GDRADR to create a radar composite. There are some
good examples of using GDRADR at
. Instead of trying to create a COMPOSITE image myself, I've found that it's
easier to use the pre-generated radar composite fed through the LDM feed.
This pre-generated data uses GDRADR which saves us a step. If you don't
have access to this data it can be accessed at:
You can use GDPLOT2 (I think) and GDPLOT3 (definitely) to view these images.
You will have to tweak the area and projection to fit your WRF model domain.
I'm not sure of an easy way to do that, brute force trial and error will
eventually get what you need. In my case, I had to create a composite radar
image of the U.S. which matched exactly to an image generated elsewhere.
After a lot of trial and error tweaking "GAREA and PROJ" I was able to match
them up. Here's a sample of a simple shell script which generates a U.S.
composite radar image:
gdplot3 << GDPLOT3_EOF
DEVICE=gif | /home/ldm/images/current/radar/us_201001121507_radar.gif |
960 ; 720
Hope this helps you out...
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[mailto:gembud-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Case.Jon
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:03 AM
Subject: [gembud] GDRADR Segmentation fault
Dear GEMPAK Users,
I'm attempting to create a radar mosaic/composite on my WRF model forecast
domain, and I have not yet been successful with this undertaking. At first,
I considered using nex2img or nex2gini to take Level III radar products from
NCDC and mosaic them. However, I would like to be able to create a
multi-panel display of forecast reflectivitiy and observed reflectivity in a
single GIF image.
So, I switched to GDRADR, which looks to be the program I want to use. So
far, I have 2 radar sites and it appears that I have set up all the
environmental variables correctly. I have the archived base reflectivity
data with the following naming convention:
where %SID% is the station ID of the radar site, and %PROD% is the product
name, in my case "N0R".
When I try to run GDRADR, I consistently receive a Segmentation fault. I've
tried both setting up the grid parameters and setting a CPYFIL -- both the
same result. Does anyone have a recommendation for me?
My parameter settings are given below.
lc2:/raid1/casejl/DATA/RADAR > gdradr
GRDAREA Area covered by grid 39.62;-91.83;49.57;-72.50
PROJ Map projection/angles/margins|dr lcc//6;1;1;2
KXKY Number of grid points in x;y 380;280
GDPFUN Scalar grid or vector grid funct N0R
GDFILE Grid file rad.gem
RADTIM Radar composite current/dattim 091209/1205
RADDUR Radar time window (minutes prior 10
RADFRQ Update Frequency
CPYFIL Grid file whose navigation is to
STNFIL Station information file nexrad.tbl
MAXGRD Maximum number of grids 9999
RADMODE Radar operational mode pc
NDVAL Replacement value for "ND" (defa
Parameters requested: GRDAREA,PROJ,KXKY,GDPFUN,GDFILE,RADTIM,RADDUR,RADFRQ,
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