Re: [idvusers] pressure grid

Just to follow up for the benefit of the list.

Joleen uncovered a couple of bugs that only were tickled when you have a field that doesn't have time.

The extractPressureFromNWPGrid had a bug where it always assumed the grid had time. That has been fixed.

Also, the potential temperature calculation had the arguments in the wrong order, again, only when the grid didn't have time.

Both fixes will be available in tomorrow's nightly build.


On 12/10/13 8:59 AM, Don Murray wrote:
Hi Joleen-

extractPressureFromNWPGrid just calls
DerivedGridFactory.createPressureGridFromDomain.  Looking at the code
there, I think your grid should be handled okay.  What kind of error do
you get?  You can send that to me off line.


On 12/10/13 7:19 AM, Joleen Feltz wrote:

This question might be out of place, but I have been wondering for a
long time how to create a cross section of potential temperature based
off a satellite generated temperature and humidity retrieval.  I have
been able to create a single level flat field, but never a cross
section.  It seems to me that this is the approach I want to take.
However, the field that I have does not appear to be a proper flat
field for the extractPressureFromNWPGrid function.  What are the
requirements?  The field as far as I know is T(lon,lat,P):

VisAD MathType analysis
   Domain has 3 components:
    0. RealType: longi[unit:degrees_east]
    0.   Name = longi[unit:degrees_east]
    0.   Unit: degrees_east
    1. RealType: lati[unit:degrees_north]
    1.   Name = lati[unit:degrees_north]
    1.   Unit: degrees_north
    2. RealType: Plevs[unit:hPa]
    2.   Name = Plevs[unit:hPa]
    2.   Unit: hPa
     RealType: TAir[unit:K]
       Name = TAir[unit:K]
       Unit: K

Thanks for your help,

On Dec 9, 2013, at 3:59 PM, Paul Graham wrote:

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your help.  I figured out a method after some experimentation
and realised I could not use the visad logic.  My algorithm works
point-wise, which requires having to step through each point
Essentially, I modified existing code for substitution, found in IDV's
Jython library:

def wetbulb(temp,dewpt):
   from java.lang import Math
   tempData = temp.clone();
   dewptData = dewpt.clone();
   presData = extractPressureFromNWPGrid(tempData);
   wetbulbData = temp.clone();
   if (GridUtil.isTimeSequence(tempData)):
      for t in range(tempData.getDomainSet().getLength()):
         tempValues = tempData[t]
         dewptValues = dewptData[t]
         presValues = presData[t]
         wetbulbRangeObj = wetbulbData.getSample(t)
         newValues = wetbulbRangeObj.getFloats(0)
         print "Processing wetbulb temperature for time ", t
         for i in range(len(tempValues)):
               newValues[0][i] =

   wetbulbData = newUnit(noUnit(wetbulbData),'Wetbulb temperature in
   return wetbulbData


On 10 December 2013 01:12, Tom Whittaker <whittaker@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

Hi Paul --

If your function has no logic that needs to be applied to each point,
then if the data were read in via the IDV they would be "VisAD Data
objects" and you should just be able to do something like:

a = b + c - d

where "b", "c" and "d" are 3D Data objects (or maybe 4D if they
include "time") and it will do the computation on every point. and put
the result in "a" (creating a new Data object with characteristics
like that of "b" (the first object in the computation).

If you have logic, then you might have to iterate over every point...I
say "might" because sometimes some of the built-in methods like "mask"
can be used to simulate logic.

Hope that helps.


On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM, Paul Graham <meteorpaul@xxxxxxxxx>
Hi IDV'ers,

I have written a Jython function which takes temperature, dewpoint and
pressure as arguments and evaluated at each point in a 3d domain to
calculate the wet bulb temperature.  What is the best way using
Jython to
iterate over my domain so I can set the wetbulb result for each point?
Eg. wetbulbresult[i][j][k] =
where i,j are subscripts for the latitude and longitude and k for the

Thanks in advance,

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