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McIDAS-X and -XCD 2012.1 Fastrack Versions
Now Available

13 June 2012 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2012.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-X version 2012.1 include the following:

  • No longer support McIDAS-X on IBM AIX. Support for this platform ended 30 April 2012, as originally announced in the 2012 Operating System Support Plans.
  • Added new command keyword TRACKING= and client environment variable MCTRACK to allow the client to request whether to track image data. If tracking is on, ADDE IMG* commands that are issued when an image is being ingested will receive the data as it comes in. If tracking is off, the commands will receive only the data that was available when the command was issued. Tracking is available only on some servers, and can be disabled by the server administrator. See the McIDAS User's Guide's Setting the Image Tracking Mode section for more information.
  • Updated the USCOUNTY.MAP, USSTATE.MAP and USZONE.MAP files to match the current National Weather Service AWIPS Map Database. These are the files that are used by the MAP command's STATE=, MARINE=, COUNTY= and ZONE= keywords.
  • Added support for the 31 new National Weather Service WSR-88D Dual Polarization radar imagery products available on NOAAPORT. The updates include server modifications, new image enhancements and new user-friendly IMGDISP.CORE entries that use the default dataset names in McIDAS-XCD 2012.1.
  • Added COMS HRIT servers and calibration module to allow creation of datasets of COMS data in HRIT format on local and remote servers, and display or manipulation of the data using the IMG* commands. See the DSSERVE command documentation in the McIDAS User's Guide or its online help for information about creating the datasets.
  • Updated the AVHRR Level 1b servers to use the file's line-by-line lat/lon navigation if the NAVTYPE=LALO keyword is specified in the IMGCOPY, IMGDISP or IMGREMAP command. Also updated the servers to work with pre-KLM series NOAA POES satellites.
  • Updated the MODIS servers to fix string initialization problems when the MRTSWath package is used to correct the "bowtie distortion". Also updated the instructions in the McIDAS User's Guide's Appendix I section titled Configuring MODIS Servers to use MRTSwath for Bowtie Correction to include MODIS file requirements and additional MRTSWath installation 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.


20 June 2012 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS-XCD Site Coordinators

McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2012.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

The significant changes for McIDAS-XCD version 2012.1 include the following:

  • Added support for the new NWS WSR-88D Dual Polarization radar image datasets. This results in the addition of one new WSR/* dataset and one new RADAR/WSR-* dataset for each of the 31 Dual Pol products (62 total datasets). For example, the Differential Reflectivity, tilt 1 (N0X) product is available in both the WSR/DREF1 and RADAR/WSR-DREF1 datasets. See the last section in the xcd_README_2012.1 file for a complete list of the 62 new datasets.
  • Added support for the Rapid Refresh (RAP) model, which replaced the Rapic Update Cycle (RUC) in May 2012 (official notice). This results in the addition of seven new GRIB2 datasets (RAP-ALL, RAP-USLC13KM, RAP-USLC20KM, RAP-USLC32KM, RAP-USLC40KM, RAP-AKPS11KM, RAP-PRLC16KM in group RTGRIB2) and five new GRIB or GRID datasets (RAP-ALL, RAP-USLC, RAP-USLC2, RAP-USLC3, RAP-USPS in group RTGRIDS).
  • Updated the RAOB decoder so it's able to write as many as 20,000 columns in the IRSG-schema MD files. The increased size is needed because the amount of significant-level data has increased due to the Radiosonde Replacement System and more international stations reporting data.
  • Updated xcdgrib.c with these NCEP Special Levels and Layers for GFS global 1-degree GRIB1 data: 215 Cloud Ceiling (CEIL); 216 Cumulonimbus base (CBB); 217 Cumulonimbus top (CBT); 220 Planetary Boundary Layer, derived from Richardson number (PBLR); 241 Ordered sequence of data (OSEQ).

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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