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McIDAS-X 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 Website.

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 the "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 Coordinator:

McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2011.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website

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.

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