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20010322: McIDAS F key menu

>From: Bill Fingerhut <address@hidden>
>Organization: Lyndon State
>Keywords: 200103222012.f2MKC0L24085 McIDAS-X RAOBCON PTCON 500 mb geopotential


>These usercomm meetings are pretty quick, but it was quite
>worth while.

Glad to hear this.

>One of my cohorts just pointed out that the 7.6 F key menu,
>when contouring upper air data, geopotential at 500 mb, on
>a USA conformal map, uses a non-standard contour interval.
>Everyone uses 60 m, not 70 m. It is quite the standard.

Yikes!  I can't believe that I never noticed this!!  You are right, and
the problem goes deeper than the Fkey menu (although it can be fixed
there).  For some reason RAOBCON (which runs PTCON) is not setting the
default contour interval for upper air geopotential correctly.  I will
touch base with SSEC on this one.

>It really sets a bad example when trying to teach students 
>the right way to do things.

I agree completely.

>Please do what you can to correct this, if it isn't already done.

I will get to the bottom of the problem with RAOBCON.  Thanks for bringing
this to my attention.

>BTW, the gui at the top of the image window uses the correct
>contour interval.

That is because the MCGUI is still using the old, non-ADDE command that
runs MDX.


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