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McIDAS-X and -XCD Fastrack Version 2009.1
Now Available

22 May 2009 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2009.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-X version 2009.1 include the following:

  • added support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.0; programmers who do local McIDAS development must see the excerpt about RHEL 5 and the supported compilers in the Fastrack 2009.1 Programmer Notes
  • removed references to Nested Grid Model (NGM) due to the NWS terminating it effective 03 March 2009 (NWS TIN08-90); the changes are mostly to the MOSRPT command (changed TYPE= keyword default from NGM to GFS) and McIDAS User's Guide GRD* command examples
  • added support for NOAA-19 in servers, ingestors, calibration files and ancillary data files
  • updated the McIDAS-X 2009.1 installation files and scripts to include the McIDAS-XRD 2009.1 software package

Also, as noted in the McIDAS-X Version 2008 Upgrade Procedure document, McIDAS User Services is now issuing McIDAS-X software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates) rather than via formal upgrades each May. This means that the software is fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on all of the supported workstation configurations. Full system testing will occur at least once on each platform during each calendar year.  This step is being taken so that the McIDAS programming, testing and documentation staff can focus more of its future efforts on the McIDAS-V project.

If you have questions about this release, call the McIDAS Help Desk at (608) 262-2455, or send email to the Help Desk.


22 May 2009 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS-XCD Site Coordinators:

McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2009.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

Please note that during SSEC's in-house testing of the McIDAS-X and -XCD version 2009.1 packages, a bug was discovered that could affect users who run the PTCOPY command to obtain real-time point data from newly updated -XCD servers. This is not a new bug; it has existed for many years but was not discovered until now because it requires a rare set of circumstances.  We have decided to release version 2009.1 with this problem, because there are ways to work-around the problem and because it remedies itself after a few days of running -XCD.  You must read the "Important Note" on the -XCD 2009.1 Software and Instructions page, as well as the associated inquiry, for information on how this bug could affect your site.

The significant changes for McIDAS-XCD version 2009.1 include the following:

  • removed references to Nested Grid Model (NGM) due to the NWS terminating it effective 03 March 2009 (NWS TIN08-90); includes grid/GRIB data and Model Output Statistics (NGM MOS)
  • added more entries for consistent identification of BUFR Version 4 files, and added updates to improve scouring of BUFR files
  • added Probabilistic Storm Surge (PSS), Non-hydrostatic Meso Model (NMM) and Great Lakes Wave Model (GLW) data that is now available in GRIB2 format on the NOAAPORT datastream
  • expanded functionality of the weather text server to accommodate archived weather text data as requested by the UW-SSEC Data Center
  • added support for NOAA-19 satellite in the TIRDEC decoder
  • fixed navigation bug in GFS-GLME GRIB1 data that also affected some GRIB2 data
  • updated the station database file (STNDB.CORE) in McIDAS-X 2009.1 to correct latitude and longitude of VOR station YXH, and to include the addition of six Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) stations and removal of one TAF station

McIDAS User Services is now issuing McIDAS-XCD software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates) rather than via formal upgrades each May. This means that the software is fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on all of the supported workstation configurations. Full system testing will occur at least once during each calendar year.  This step is being taken so that the McIDAS programming, testing and documentation staff can focus more of its future efforts on the McIDAS-V project.

If you have questions about this release, call the McIDAS Help Desk at (608) 262-2455, or send email to the Help Desk.

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