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McIDAS-X 2010.2 and -XCD Version 2010.1
Fastrack Versions Now Available

28 December 2010 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2010.2 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-X version 2010.2 include the following:

  • Updated support of McIDAS-X on Apple, Red Hat and SGI systems as follows:
    • On Mac OS X 10.5.8 Intel systems, changed supported version of gfortran from 4.3 to 4.4.1 and changed supported version of XQuartz from 2.5.0 to 2.5.3.
      Note: The original plan for McIDAS-X 2010.2 on Apple systems was to move support from OS X 10.5 to 10.6. This change was postponed because HDF was failing on 10.6 and thus causing the MODIS servers to fail as well. The problems are a high-priority item that we hope to resolve soon (and thus allow the planned switch to 10.6). In the meantime, sites can install and run McIDAS-X 2010.2 on OS X 10.6, though it is not officially supported and at least two known problems exist (the MODIS servers will not work and the McIDAS-X GUI will not work [or even be built]).
    • On Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, changed support from 4.0 Intel, 5.3 Intel and 5.2 PPC to 4.0 Intel, 5.5 Intel and 5.2 PPC.
    • No longer support McIDAS-X on SGI IRIX; this platform was sunset in fall 2010, as originally announced in the 2010 Operating System Support Plans page.
  • Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to include 20 new Metar stations; 18 are located on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico; the other two are KPSO (Pagosa Springs, CO) and KC29 (Middleton, WI).
  • Updated the IMGPROBE command's STAT option to include the locations of the minimum and maximum values in its output. Also added new keyword FORM=ALL to include a listing in the text window of the data values and counts when specifying the HIST or PLOT option.
  • Added approximate scan time to the D and IMGPROBE LIST POINT MODE=N command output when using Meteosat or MTSAT data.
  • Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include two new commands (CANRAD and COMP_ALLBAND).
  • Added support for new WSR-88D and TDWR radar products available on NOAAPORT. Please see the McIDAS-X User Information About New NWS Radar Products page for more information.

McIDAS User Services issues its McIDAS-X software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates). 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 occurs at least once on each platform during each calendar year.

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


28 December 2010 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS-XCD Site Coordinators:

McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2010.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-XCD version 2010.1 include the following:

  • Added support for new WSR-88D and TDWR radar products available on NOAAPORT. Please see the McIDAS-XCD Administrator Information About New NWS Radar Products page for more information and the instructions that are completed in step 7 of the McIDAS-XCD 2010.1 installation instructions.
  • Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) in McIDAS-X 2010.2 to include 20 new Metar stations; 18 are located on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico; the other two are KPSO (Pagosa Springs, CO) and KC29 (Middleton, WI).
  • Updated the Ship/Buoy/CMAN decoder to properly decode MISSING wind direction values (as MISSING rather than 0 degrees).

McIDAS User Services issues its McIDAS-XCD software updates via fully-supported Fastrack releases (including online documentation updates). This means that the -XCD software is fully supported by SSEC, and that each change to the software has been tested on the supported workstation configurations.

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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