Re: [idvusers] Problem with plotting thermal wind vectors from GRIB2 files

Hi Don,

YES YES YES!! That did the trick ... and since the proof's in the pudding ...here it is!

Thanks!!

--Kevin


On 02/03/2012 05:14 PM, Don Murray wrote:
The problem is that for grib2 data, the pressure levels are in Pascals, so you need to use 50000 and 10000.

GEMPAK always stores levels to hPa - the benefit of having a known vocabulary, but then again, you have to convert to GEMPAK format. ;-)

Don

On 2/3/12 9:52 AM, Kevin R. Tyle wrote:
Hi all,

I set up a formula in IDV to plot thermal wind vectors, a la:
<derived description="thermal wind in a layer"
formula="thrm(F1,user_Top_of_Layer[default=500],user_Bottom_of_Layer
[default=1000])" id="thermalWind" isdefault="false" isenduser="true">

Whenever I do this on a GRIB2 format grid file, e.g. realtime NAM or GFS
from the motherlode or atm-nsf opendap servers, I end up with all
missing data when I load in the formula, specify my levels, and choose
the 3D geopotential height from the GRIB2 file.

If I do the same on the same model data that has been converted to
GEMPAK, and also with the sample model data used in the IDV Workshop
(which I believe is GRIB1), the thermal wind vectors plot fine.

I suspect there is some issue specifically related to GRIB2 format here ...

Thanks for looking into this!

--Kevin

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University at Albany
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