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20051024: Radar (5-cm) data Valparaiso

Hi Wen,

What is the "native" or original format the radar delivers?

We have used the DORADE format for s-pol radars:


I am not certain that GRIB can handle all the params from a radar.

Past experiences have shown it is best to keep the data in its
"native/original" format and end users can create/implement decoders for
their clients...

If the choice is between GRIB or BUFR, GRIB would be preferred, but again
we suggest the format that is designed for the instrument.

Hope this helps....let us know if we can "help" further. :)


ps: is netCDF an option, I suspect most clients would be decoding to
netCDF for visualization.

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On Mon, 24 Oct 2005, Lu wrote:

> Dear Jeff,
> We, the Dept of Geography and Meteorology, will have a simultaneous dual
> polarization 5-cm Doppler radar. We would like to let the weather
> community to share our data through LDM. Our radar vendor would like to
> know what format is suitable for the radar. Could you please manage to
> take your time to advise us?
> Thanks,
> Wen
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:12:23 -0500
> From: Teresa M. Bals-Elsholz <address@hidden>
> To: Lu <address@hidden>
> Subject: Radar data
> Hi Wen,
> Our radar vendor would like to know what type of format we would like our
> data to be in.
> We would like to share all of our data over the ldm with the Unidata
> community.  The radar will be a simultaneous dual-polarization 5-cm Doppler
> radar.
> Is there a Level II format for the simultaneous dual-polarization data?  Or
> would it be better to have the data in Grib or Bufr format?
> Could you see if someone at Unidata could help us answer these questions?
> Thanks,
> Teresa
> -----------------------------------------
> Teresa M. Bals-Elsholz
> Assistant Professor of Meteorology
> Department of Geography and Meteorology
> Kallay-Christopher Hall 201E
> 1809 Chapel Drive
> Valparaiso University
> Valparaiso, IN 46383
> E-Mail: address@hidden
> Phone: 219 464-6003
> Fax: 219 548-7738