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McIDAS-X and -XCD 2018.1 Fastrack Versions
Now Available

04 May 2018 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS Site Coordinators and the mcidas-users list:

McIDAS-X Fastrack version 2018.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website.

This is a large release with many significant changes, including the five highlighted below. (See the complete list of significant changes here.)

  • Added new command RGBDISP for displaying RGB images in McIDAS image frames. This command works similar to the COMBINE command, except that it displays its output color image in a regular image frame in the Image Window rather than in a separate Combine Window.
  • Added new commands GLMDISP and GLMLIST for displaying and listing lightning data from GOES-R Series GLM. These fully supported versions replace the preliminary versions that were released in version 2017.2.
  • Added new satellite and band combinations that use the Expanded Stretch Feature, aka MCSTRETCH. The new combinations are GOES-17 to -19 bands 2, 7, 8, 9, 10; NOAA-10 to -19 band 3; and Metop-A to -C band 3.
  • Updated the GOES-R Series ABI servers and calibration modules to support GOES-17 to -19. The servers were also updated to accommodate the upcoming GOES-16 nominal satellite subpoint correction (from 75°W to 75.2°W) and to correctly display Meso sector L2 product files.
  • Updated the WWDISP command to plot flood warnings, flood watches, severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings as polygons by default.

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.


21 May 2018 McIDAS Help Desk email notification to McIDAS-XCD Site Coordinators:

McIDAS-XCD Fastrack version 2018.1 was recently added to the McIDAS Website. The significant changes in the release include the following:

  • Implemented hourly synoptic data as seen in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Previous versions of McIDAS-XCD had 3-hour synoptic data where the hourly data was overwritten with the most recent in the 3-hour window. For example, a 2 UTC reading would overwrite a 0 UTC reading and would be considered a 0 UTC reading for that station in the synoptic MD file. Migrating to hourly synoptic data allows for a more accurate representation and does not discard data.
  • Updated McIDAS-XCD code and configuration files to accommodate the updated McIDAS-X station database file STNDB.CORE that was released in McIDAS-X 2018.1. Most of the station updates are due to the addition new sources AWIPS National Datasets Maintenance and NCAR/RAP.
  • Updated the file XCDNOAAPORTGRID.BAT to add 16 new RTGRIDS datasets. These include datasets of added models such as ETSS (Extratropical Storm Surge), GLSW (Great Lakes Short Range Wave Model), HREF (High Resolution Ensemble Forecast), and PETS (Probabilistic Extratropical Storm Surge).

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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