and -XCD 2011.1 Fastrack Versions Now Available
15 November 2011 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site
Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:
McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2011.1 was recently added to the McIDAS
The significant changes for McIDAS-X version
2011.1 include the following:
- Updated support of McIDAS-X on Microsoft, Apple and Red Hat systems as follows:
- Added support for Microsoft Windows
7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA). This is a brand
new McIDAS-X package with separate installation files and instructions.
See the McIDAS User's Guide's Chapter 1 section titled Installing
McIDAS-X on Windows 7 Workstations for details.
- On Mac OS X systems, changed support from 10.5.8 Intel to 10.6.8. With
this change in OS, gfortran was updated to 4.6.0, gcc was updated to 4.2.1,
and XQuartz was updated to 2.6.3. Please note that due to a Tcl/Tk incompatibility
with OS X 10.6, the McIDAS-X
GUI, Configuration GUI and ASK1 command are not available/supported on
OS X systems.
- On Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems, changed support from 4.0 Intel, 5.2
PPC and 5.5 Intel to 5.2 PPC, 5.7 Intel and 6.1 Intel.
- Added new keywords to the EU, IMGRGB and TXT2MD commands. In EU the new
keyword FORM=ALL formats the TABLE option output to list each brightness level and its
coresponding enhancement values on a separate line. This new option makes it easier
to import enhancement values into another environment. In IMGRGB the new keyword
BASETHRESHOLD= specifies a threshold for which the grayscale value is considered to
be part of the map outline. In TXT2MD the new keyword CONTINUE=YES continues writing
data to the MD file even if it encounters a line in the input text file that contains
an invalid time format.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) to match
the current NWS version. The updates include the addition of 11 new
TAF stations (UACK, UHHH, UNOO, USCC, USCM, USSS, UWOR, UWUU, UAUU, UAKK,
UACC) and RAOB station 35671, plus correction of erroneous information
in entries for stations 74646, KCSM, KF30, KMIU, KS32, KSTZ.
- Updated the GVAR calibration module with correct coefficients for GOES-14 and -15.
- Added enhancements to a subset of MODIS ADDE image servers to correct
"bowtie distortion" of select MODIS imagery by specifying the
NAVTYPE=RECT keyword in the IMGCOPY, IMGDISP, IMGFILT or IMGOPER command.
The bowtie correction is done by remapping the data on the fly using the
MRTSwath package from USGS, and is available only on the subset of MODIS
servers listed in the McIDAS User's Guide's Appendix I section titled Configuring
MODIS Servers to use MRTSwath for Bowtie Correction.
- Updated the McIDAS-XRD package (which is included
in the McIDAS-X installation files) to include three new commands (AWSLOC,
CATOMTP and TAFLIST), one new data file (AWSLOC.TXT) and thirteen new servers
(ashxadir, ashxaget, awipadir, awipaget, awipaput, catgadir, catgaget, modcadir,
modcaget, modvadir, modvaget, nssxadir, nssxaget).
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.
18 November 2011 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS-XCD Site
McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2011.1 was recently added to the McIDAS
The significant changes for McIDAS-XCD version
2011.1 include the following:
- Added support for the new NAM Fire Weather / IMET nest
GRIB files available on the CONDUIT stream of NOAAPORT. Files XCDGRB2.BAT and grib2NavLookup.txt were
updated, resulting in nine new datasets (NAM-USLCNEST, NMMB-FIRENTX,
NMMB-FIRESTX, NMMB-FIRENCAL, NMMB-FIRESCAL, NMMB-FIRESWUS, NMMB-FIREFLA,
NMMB-FIRENME, NMMB-FIRESME) and three renamed datasets (NMM-ALL
to NMMB-ALL, NMM-USLCAW40 to NMMB-USLCA40, NMM-USLCAWI4 to NMMB-USLCAW4).
- Updated the GRIB decoder to recognize Generating
Center 8 for National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) GRIB files.
- Updated the SAO/Metar decoder to allow for wind
gust readings with VRB (variable) designation.
- Updated the Pilot Report (PIREP) decoder to correctly
decode multiple-line reports.
- Increased the maximum size of the Rapid Access Text files
from 48 MB to 72 MB each. This was done to make the Surface
Hourly file large enough to store approximately 36 hours of data.
The other files were updated to the same 72 MB maximum for consistency,
even though some of them are unlikely to reach that upper limit.
- Updated the station database (file STNDB.CORE) in
McIDAS-X 2011.1 to match the current NWS version. The updates include
the addition of 11 new TAF stations (UACK, UHHH, UNOO, USCC, USCM,
USSS, UWOR, UWUU, UAUU, UAKK, UACC) and RAOB station 35671, plus
correction of erroneous information in entries for stations 74646,
KCSM, KF30, KMIU, KS32, KSTZ.
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.