McIDAS software releases are distributed as a total replacement of the core system. Since May 2009 SSEC has been distributing McIDAS-X updates as fully supported Fastrack releases. 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 system configurations. Full system testing occurs at least once on each platform during each calendar year. Prior upgrade versions were distributed once a year, normally in late-May.
The SSEC McIDAS Help Desk provides full assistance for McIDAS software questions pertaining to the current or previous version. The Help Desk will still assist those sites that are two issues behind the current version at a reduced capability. A complete description of your MUG support is detailed in the SSEC McIDAS Users’ Group Policy Document. If you are upgrading from an older version, please see the past versions page for links to download files and other materials from past versions.
A login name and password is required to download any software. Once you’ve entered your valid login name and password, you can obtain any other McIDAS software your site is licensed to receive (e.g., McIDAS-X and McIDAS-XCD).
2022.1 Installation Instructions
- Install/uninstall script (30 KB)
- Source/data files (287 MB)
- ADDE remote server configuration script (22 KB)
2022.1 Operating Systems
|Apple – supported on macOS 12.x|
|Red Hat – supported on RHEL 7.x and 8.x|
|Microsoft Windows – supported on Windows®10 with WSL|
Note: The installation will fail if the names of the downloaded files do not exactly match those listed. If your web browser changes the names of the files during download (e.g., mcidas2022.1.tar.Z becomes mcidas2022_1_tar.Z), you must rename the files before installing.
What's New in McIDAS-X 2022.1
The Top Ten
- Added support for McIDAS-X on macOS systems with Apple silicon processors, and preliminary support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9. See the Installing McIDAS-X page in the McIDAS-X User’s Guide for the complete list of supported system configurations.
- Added new calibration and navigation modules for the new MTG (Meteosat Third Generation) ADDE servers. The MTG FCI servers are being released as a preliminary release separate from McIDAS-X. These will be the first operational servers written in Python and will be officially released when they are fully tested with data from the satellite.
- The NEXRAD servers and McIDAS-XCD modules were updated to handle the new NEXRAD super resolution WSR Level 3 Products made available in February 2022.
- Updated GOES-R Series ABI and GLM servers with additional bug fixes and enhancements, including adding the NOAA STAR enhancements used in the GOES Image Viewer to -XRD, and added support of new variables in Level 2 Aerosol Detection Smoke and Dust fields, as well as in Level 2 & 3 NOAA Vlab GLM products.
- Updated the VIIRS servers to read VIIRS EDR files and to improve scaling for some bands.
- Updated the Himawari servers to correctly identify Himawari-9 images and to use a new format of HimawariCast data available from Eumetsat.
- The GRIB servers and GRD* commands were updated to list and display GRIB data with entire atmosphere levels (EATM) and additional sigma levels (SIGM).
- The mcinet.sh script was updated allow the McIDAS-X system service to be controlled by systemd or xinetd, and to better report the status of the remote ADDE servers.
- Updated USCOUNTY.MAP, USSTATE.MAP and USZONE.MAP files with the most recent National Weather Service GIS-AWIPS Shapefile database updates.
- Updated the McIDAS-XRD Package included in the McIDAS-X installation files to include one new command (DAYNITE, which combines a visible and infrared image at the terminator) and seven new data files (STAR-ABI_*.ET, which are the standard enhancements used in the GOES Image Viewer).
If upgrading from an older version, see the past versions page for links to download files and documentation from past versions.