There have been 725 unique users to download GEMPAK through the web portal as of 5/14/04.
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GEMPAK 5.7.2 contains many updates to NMAP2 including improved map database selection, time interval and range selection, and the addition of a GUI for Advanced Objective Dvorak Technique. Additional changes include updates to several decoders, and algorithms for model precipitation accumulation time periods.
Unidata enhancements to this release include the ability to display Level II nexrad data in the bzip2 compressed format, eliminating the need to uncompress the data when received by the LDM.
The dates for the Unidata applications training workshops have been set. The GEMPAK workshop this year will be held October 20-22, 2004.
Beginning with GEMPAK 5.7.1, NCEP will employ a new version numbering method based on quarterly releases as described in the GEMPAK 5.7.1 release notes. Unidata releases generally follow 1 to 3 months after receiving the NCEP release depending on the details of the release and UPC development of additional features.
GEMPAK 5.6.M provides the capability to decode GRIB2 bulletins in dcgrib2, and will handle the new Build 5.0 format LEVEL II radar products when available in late March. This will be the last release to support the legacy NSAT and NMAP applications. The functionality of NSAT and NMAP is superceeded by NMAP2.
GEMPAK 5.6.L.1 encompasses many GUI and product improvement as well as decoder modifications for evolving data sets and user requirements. Additional functionality in GRIB2 encoding/decoding has been added which is currently in use for the NDFD products.
The GEMPAK training workshop was held October 27-29, in the UCAR Center Green Complex Training Facility. This year, the training workshops were held during the Fall as a result of the Unidata summer workshop, as well as to accommodate users who traditionally are not able to attend Summer dates. There were 14 registered attendees for the GEMPAK workshop (16 is the maximum the room can accommodate).
New capabilities have been added to GEMPAK grid programs in support of accessing large grids including the National Digital Forecast Data Base (NDFD) 5 KM grids.
The maximum grid size that can be stored in a GEMPAK file may now be larger than the maximum number of grid points used for calculation and display purposes. To access grid files with grids larger than the maximum display limit, the grid must be subset to not exceed LLMXGD grid points. The subset can be specified using an area (GAREA) or by specifying points using a new GEMPAK parameter IJSKIP which specifies the number of points to skip in each direction and/or the beginning and ending grid point number in each direction. In addition, if the parameter is set to "YES", then it will automatically calculate the optimum skip factors to display the maximum number of grid points for the geographic region defined by the GAREA parameter. Look for the GEMPAK help on IJSKIP for additional details when available.
See the new feature summary for a description of included changes.
Iowa State is actively using GEMPAK radar mosaics with their mesonet products in GIS applications. To facilitate this process, I developed the GEMPAK program NEX2IMG to generate composite images which can be used with a file to provide GIS navigation information. Daryl Herzmann has put together a How-To document to help other sites set up their own radar mapservers.
Web pages and documentation for GEMPAK 5.6 have been updated.
COMET case studies are compatible with the GEMPAK/NAWIPS environment, and are being made available via the CODIAC system.
All the handouts/displays for the GEMPAK workshop are been made available through the GEMPAK web page tutorial. Included in the presentation are numerous sample exercises and output samples. This format of presentation allows workshop participants to be able to review or utilize any of the material at their home institution. The tutorial is updated as new features dictate.
The GEMPAK tutorial can be found here.