NCDC Weather/Climate Toolkit BETA v 3.5.0 Released


The beta version of the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) Weather and Climate Toolkit (WCT) has been released and is now available for download from http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/wct/install.php.  This beta release adds support for several new functions including Level 2 and Level 3 Dual-Polarization products like the graphic below.  The tool is available for use in Windows, Mac OS/X and Unix/Linux environments.  I personally use the standalone download because it’s easier to save versions locally to test out the features of the newer release.

NEW Features in Version 3.5 – http://lwf.ncdc.noaa.gov/oa/wct/newfeatures.php

Below are the new features from the WCT website:

NEXRAD Dual-Polarization support

The Level-2 Dual-Polarization moments and Level-3 Dual-Polarization products are now supported. For more information on dual-polarization and the new Level-3 NEXRAD products, please refer to: http://www.wdtb.noaa.gov/courses/dualpol/outreach/

Isosurface KMZ Generation

The generation and export of KMZ isosurfaces for Radial and Gridded Datasets is now supported. An isosurface is a three-dimensional equivalent of the two-dimensional contour line. Isosurfaces can be generated from gridded data that have a height dimension or Radial volume scan data such as Level-2 NEXRAD. The resulting KMZ can be visualized in KMZ viewers such as Google Earth.

CAPPI for Radial Radar Data

CAPPI (Constant Altitude Plan Position Indicator) – a constant altitude cross-section of Radar data. To create a CAPPI, select the desired CAPPI altitude from the Radial Properties window after loading a Radar volume scan data file. Data exports also allow the selection of a CAPPI altitude instead of a specific elevation angle.

NWS Radar Sites w/ Dual Polarization

Radar Sites w/ Dual Pole (RDA Build 12) has been installed at the following sites as of October 19, 2011:

  • Norman OK (KOUN)
  • Vance AFB OK (KVNX)
  • Phoenix AZ (KIWA)
  • Morehead City NC (KMHX)
  • Wichita KS (KICT)
  • Pittsburgh PH (KPBZ)
  • Langley Hill WA (KLGX)
  • Portland OR (KRTX)
  • Seattle WA (KATX)
  • Pendleton OR (KPDT)
  • Spokane WA (KOTX)

The following sites will receive the upgrade by the end of the year (Deployment Schedule at http://www.roc.noaa.gov/WSR88D/PublicDocs/DualPol/DPSchedule.pdf)

  • Chicago IL (KLOT)
  • Billings MT (KBLX)
  • Amarillo TX (KAMA)
  • Gaylord/Alpena MI (KAPX)
  • Riverton WY (KRIW)
  • Cleveland OH (KCLE)
  • Atlanta GA (KFFC)
  • Goodland KS (KGLD)
  • Grand Rapids MI (KGRR)
  • Memphis TN (KNQA)
  • Boston MA (KBOX)
  • Dodge City KS (KDDC)
  • Tuscon AZ (KEMX)
  • Huntsville/Hytop AL (KHTX)
  • Melbourne FL (KMLB)
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One comment on “NCDC Weather/Climate Toolkit BETA v 3.5.0 Released

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