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[McIDAS #DYC-159086]: satepsanone.nesdis.noaa.gov server trouble



Hi Carl,

re:
> I enjoy using the IDV/McIDAS quite often for satellite data. I have been
> trying to get the PUB server working properly, but I have been routinely
> getting errors on many of the options the MTG. MTN, GPFDSK, etc.

satepsanone is making its imagery available via a McIDAS-X ADDE server.
A "feature" of ADDE is the ability to create dataset definitions (e.g.,
PUB/MTG, etc.) that have no content.  This allows for the creation of
a dataset that is to be populated at a later date.  The downside of this
is the end user will get an unexpected error when trying to list/display
an image from an empty dataset.  For instance, see what happens when
trying to list the contents of the defined PUB/LI-EC dataset in
McIDAS-X from satepsanone:

IMGLIST PUB/LI-EC
Image file directory listing for:PUB/LI-EC
IMGLIST: No images satisfy the selection criteria
IMGLIST: done
IMGLIST failed, RC=2

re:
> I remember a
> while back the server worked for those regions. I wanted to have a good
> view of the far east like Taiwan Japan and China to watch the super
> typhoon, I don't know if the problem is with the server or on my end.

The McIDAS-X DSINFO command can be used to list the ADDE dataset definitions
for an ADDE group.  For instance:

DATALOC LIST PUB

Group Name                    Server IP Address
--------------------         ----------------------------------------
PUB                          SATEPSANONE.NESDIS.NOAA.GOV

<LOCAL-DATA> indicates that data will be accessed from the local data directory.
DATALOC -- done
 
DSINFO I PUB

        Dataset Names of Type: IMAGE in Group: PUB

Name         NumPos   Content
------------ ------   --------------------------------------
AQPE             6    OLD AUTO-ESTIMATOR
AUNR-1HR         6    H/E 1HR AUTO-EST NO RADAR
AUNR-24HR        6    H/E 24HR AUTO-EST NO RADAR
AUNR-3HR         6    H/E 3HR AUTO-EST NO RADAR
AUNR-6HR         6    H/E 6HR AUTO-EST NO RADAR
AUNR-INST        6    H/E AUTO-EST INST NO RADAR
AUWR-1HR         6    H/E 1HR AUTO-EST RADAR
AUWR-24HR        6    H/E 24HR AUTO-EST RADAR
AUWR-3HR         6    H/E 3HR AUTO-EST RADAR
AUWR-6HR         6    H/E 6HR AUTO-EST RADAR
BLPWTM          20    Blended TPW Time composite
BLTPW           20    Blended TPW composite
BREF         99999
BREF2        99999
CAPE-EC         24    CAPE FOR G-13 EAST CONUS
CAPE-ET         24    CAPE FOR G-13 EAST ATLANTIC
EFLR-EC         24    EFLR FOR G-13 EAST CONUS
EFLR-ET         24    EFLR FOR G-13 EAST ATLANTIC
GCSHEM04I2      10
GEFDSK01V        8
GEFDSK04I2       8
GEFDSK04I3       8
GEFDSK04I4       8
GEFDSK04I5       8
GEFDSK04I6       8
GENHEM01V       48
GENHEM04I2      48
GENHEM04I3      48
GENHEM04I4      48
GENHEM04I5      48
GENHEM04I6      48
GESHEM01V       48
GESHEM04I2      48
GESHEM04I3      48
GESHEM04I4      48
GESHEM04I5      48
GESNDR10M       72
GPFDSK01V       24
GPFDSK04I2      24
GPFDSK04I3      24
GPFDSK04I4      24
GPFDSK04I5      24
GWFDSK01V        8
GWFDSK04I2       8
GWFDSK04I3       8
GWFDSK04I4       8
GWFDSK04I6       8
GWNHEM01V       48
GWNHEM04I2      48
GWNHEM04I3      48
GWNHEM04I4      48
GWNHEM04I6      48
GWSHEM01V       48
GWSHEM04I2      48
GWSHEM04I3      48
GWSHEM04I4      48
GWSHEM04I6      48
GWSNDR10M       72
HECOMB-1HR       6    H/E 1HR EW COMBINATION
HECOMB-24HR      6    H/E 24HR EW COMBINATION
HECOMB-3HR       6    H/E 3HR EW COMBINATION
HECOMB-6HR       6    H/E 6HR EW COMBINATION
HECOMB-INST      6    H/E INST EW COMBINATION
HENR-1HR         6    H/E 1 HOUR NO RADAR
HENR-24HR        6    H/E 24 HOUR NO RADAR
HENR-3HR         6    H/E 3 HOUR NO RADAR
HENR-6HR         6    H/E 6 HOUR NO RADAR
HENR-INST        6    H/E INSTANTANEOUS NO RADAR
HEWEST-1HR       6    H/E 1HR WEST
HEWEST-24HR      6    H/E 24HR WEST
HEWEST-3HR       6    H/E 3HR WEST
HEWEST-6HR       6    H/E 6HR WEST
HEWEST-INST      6    H/E INST WEST
HEWR-1HR         6    H/E 1 HOUR W RADAR
HEWR-24HR        6    H/E 24 HOUR W RADAR
HEWR-3HR         6    H/E 3 HOUR W RADAR
HEWR-6HR         6    H/E 6 HOUR W RADAR
HEWR-INST        6    H/E INSTANTANEOUS W RADAR
INDOEXIR         6    MET-7 Infrared
INDOEXVIS        6    MET-7 Visable
INDOEXWV         6    MET-7 Water Vapor
LI-EC           24    LI FOR G-13 EAST CONUS
LI-ET           24    LI FOR G-13 EAST ATLANTIC
MEGLOB05I        4
MEGLOB05V        4
MEGLOB05WV       4
MSGGLOB04I       6    MSG Band 4 Full Disk
MSGGLOB10I       6    MSG Band 10 Full Disk
MTGLOB01V       48
MTGLOB02V       48
MTGLOB04I2      48
MTGLOB04I3      48
MTGLOB04I4      48
MTGLOB04I5      48
MTNHEM01V       48
MTNHEM04I2      48
MTNHEM04I3      48
MTNHEM04I4      48
MTNHEM04I5      48
POS           9999
TPW-EC          24    TPW FOR G-13 EAST CONUS
TPW-ET          24    TPW FOR G-13 EAST ATLANTIC

DSINFO -- done

As you can see from this listing, satepsanone no longer has dataset
defintions for the MTG. MTN, or GPFDSK datasets.  This explains the
error one would get when trying to list images in any of them.  For
instance:

IMGLIST PUB/MTG
Image file directory listing for:PUB/MTG
IMGLIST: Image directory server unable to resolve this dataset: PUB/MTG
IMGLIST: done
IMGLIST failed, RC=2

re:
> What
> is the proper set I should go to on the server for that region?

Please remember that we (Unidata) do not maintain the ADDE server on
satepsanone, so we are not the definitive source for information about
what is or should be in any of the datasets it hosts.

In the past, the answer to your question would have been to look at
any of the MTSAT-based datasets:

MTGLOB01V       48
MTGLOB02V       48
MTGLOB04I2      48
MTGLOB04I3      48
MTGLOB04I4      48
MTGLOB04I5      48
MTNHEM01V       48
MTNHEM04I2      48
MTNHEM04I3      48
MTNHEM04I4      48
MTNHEM04I5      48

Unfortunately, this is no longer the case as MTSAT was replaced
by Himawari by the JMA, and, even more unfortunately, NESDIS has
decided to not host Himawari images on satepsanone (there were
very good reasons for this decision - satepsanone is running
AIX, and AIX is no longer a supported platform for McIDAS-X.
Moreover, this machine is pretty old now, and doesn't have the
horsepower or disk space to host the data from Himawari).

The only images that we make available that covers the region
you are interested in are the global thermal infrared and
water vapor composites that we make available in the RTIMAGES
dataset on a variety of ADDE servers (e.g., adde.ucar.edu,
atm.ucar.edu, adde.ssec.wisc.edu, lead.unidata.ucar.edu).

For instance:

DATALOC LIST RTIMAGES

Group Name                    Server IP Address
--------------------         ----------------------------------------
RTIMAGES                     ADDE.UCAR.EDU

<LOCAL-DATA> indicates that data will be accessed from the local data directory.
DATALOC -- done

DSINFO IMAGE RTIMAGES

        Dataset Names of Type: IMAGE in Group: RTIMAGES

Name         NumPos   Content
------------ ------   --------------------------------------
ANTARCTIC     9999    Antarctic Thermal IR POES Composite
ANTARCTICIR   9999    Antarctic Thermal IR POES Composite
ANTARCTICIRL  9999    Antarctic Longwave IR POES Composite
ANTARCTICIRS  9999    Antarctic Shortwave IR POES Composite
ANTARCTICVIS  9999    Antarctic Visible POES Composite
ANTARCTICWV   9999    Antarctic Water Vapor POES Composite
ARCTIC-IR     9999    Arctic Thermal IR POES Composite
ARCTIC-IRL    9999    Arctic Longwave IR POES Composite
ARCTIC-IRS    9999    Arctic Shortwave IR POES Composite
ARCTIC-VIS    9999    Arctic Visible POES Composite
ARCTIC-WV     9999    Arctic Water Vapor POES Composite
GE-1KVIS      9999    GOES-East 1 km 0.63 um Visible
GE-39         9999    GOES-East 3.9 um short IR
GE-CO2        9999    GOES-East 13.3 um IR (CO2)
GE-IR         9999    GOES-East 10.7 um IR
GE-IRTOPO       10    GOES-East IR/TOPO Composite
GE-VIS        9999    GOES-East 0.63 um Visible
GE-VISTOPO      10    GOES-East VIS/TOPO Composite
GE-WV         9999    GOES-East 6.5 um IR (Water Vapor)
GEW-39        9999    GOES-East/West 3.9 um Composite
GEW-CO2       9999    GOES-East/West CO2 Composite
GEW-IR        9999    GOES-East/West IR Composite
GEW-IRTOPO      10    GOES-East/West IR/TOPO Composite
GEW-VIS       9999    GOES-East/West VIS Composite
GEW-VISTOPO     10    GOES-East/West VIS/TOPO Composite
GEW-WV        9999    GOES-East/West H2O Composite
GLOBAL-IR    99999    Global Thermal IR composite images
GLOBAL-WV    99999    Global WV composite images
GW-39         9999    GOES-West 3.9 um short IR
GW-CO2        9999    GOES-West 13.3 um IR (CO2)
GW-IR         9999    GOES-West 10.7 um IR
GW-IRTOPO       10    GOES-West IR/TOPO Composite
GW-VIS        9999    GOES-West 0.62 um Visible
GW-VISTOPO      10    GOES-West VIS/TOPO Composite
GW-WV         9999    GOES-West 6.5 um IR (Water Vapor)
MDR           9999    Manually Digitized Radar
MDRTOPO         10    MDR/TOPO Composite
MOLL-IR       9999    Global Mollweide IR Composite
MOLL-IRTOPO     10    Mollweide IR/TOPO Composite
MOLL-WV       9999    Global Mollweide WV Composite

DSINFO -- done

IMGLIST RTIMAGES/GLOBAL-IR
Image file directory listing for:RTIMAGES/GLOBAL-IR
 Pos Satellite/         Date       Time      Center   Band(s)
     sensor                                 Lat  Lon
 --- -------------  ------------  --------  ---- ---- ------------
  96  G-13 IMG      16 SEP 16260  12:00:00     0    0 4
IMGLIST: done
 
IMGLIST RTIMAGES/GLOBAL-WV
Image file directory listing for:RTIMAGES/GLOBAL-WV
 Pos Satellite/         Date       Time      Center   Band(s)
     sensor                                 Lat  Lon
 --- -------------  ------------  --------  ---- ---- ------------
  96  G-13 IMG      16 SEP 16260  12:00:00     0    0 3
IMGLIST: done

The only downsides of these images are that they are only available
every three hours, and they have lower resolution than many users would
like.  At the same time, however, they are very useful for creating
fantastic displays especially in the IDV where one can load them in the
globe display.

re:
> Thanks for
> any help you can provide. As always good work on the programs they help a
> lot with my studies.

No worries, and the best of luck with your studies!

Cheers,

Tom
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Ticket Details
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Ticket ID: DYC-159086
Department: Support McIDAS
Priority: Normal
Status: Closed
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