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1 ® WINGRIDDS User’s Guide Version: 4.0 12/01/2012 International Copyright ©/ Trademark ®2012. All rights reserved. 2 WINGRIDDS Table Of Contents License .............................................................................................. 7 For
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    1  ®   WINGRIDDS   User’s Guide   Version: 4.0 12/01/2012 International Copyright © / Trademark ® 2012. All rights reserved.    2 WINGRIDDS Table Of Contents License..............................................................................................7 Forward..............................................................................................9 Introduction......................................................................................11   System Requirements and Preparation...........................................11 Installation of WINGRIDDS..............................................................12 Removal of WINGRIDDS.........................................................................17 WINGRIDDS Applications .....................................................................22 Downloading GRIB Data..........................................................................22 Automated GRIB Downloading................................................................25 Ingesting GRIB Data................................................................................25 Processing Ensemble Probability GRIB Data..........................................29 Automated GRIB Data Ingest..................................................................32 WAFS GRIB Data Ingest.........................................................................33 ECMWF WAFS GRIB Data Ingest...........................................................34 Convert WAFS GRIB Data to WINGRIDDS Format................................35 Automated WAFS GRIB Data Ingest.......................................................36 Downloading Observation Data...............................................................37 Automated Observation Data Downloading.............................................42 Ingesting Observation Data.....................................................................42 Automated Observation Data Ingest........................................................51 Downloading ASUS Frontal Data.............................................................51 Using WINGRIDDS..................................................................................56 WINGRIDDS Tutorial .............................................................................72 Sample Ingest Session for WAFS GRIB Data ........................................72 Sample Ingest Session for NWS/Regular GRIB Data .............................76 Sample Ingest Session for Observation Data .........................................78 Sample WINGRIDDS Applications Session ............................................80 WINGRIDDS Operations ........................................................................84 Starting WINGRIDDS...............................................................................84 File Menu.................................................................................................86 -Open New Processed Data File..........................................................88 -Change Processed Data File...............................................................89 -List Processed Data Contents.............................................................90 Specs Menu.............................................................................................91 -Forecast Hour......................................................................................92 -Vertical Level.......................................................................................93 Display Menu...........................................................................................95 -Define the Plane View Mode...............................................................97 -Define the Cross Section Mode.........................................................109 -Define the Time Section Mode..........................................................116 Sounding/Hodograph/BUFKIT/Trajectory Point Setup...........................121 -Sounding Display...............................................................................124    3  -Hodograph Display............................................................................128 -BUFKIT File Generation....................................................................130 -Trajectory Display..............................................................................132 -Surface Frontal Positions...................................................................135 Products Menu.......................................................................................136 -Product Category...............................................................................136 -Command Window............................................................................137 Command Line Operations....................................................................139 1 Panel/4 Panel Operations...................................................................139 Defining Products ................................................................................141 Command Line Execution......................................................................141 Products Menu Execution......................................................................141 Macro Files............................................................................................145 Plot Labels.............................................................................................150 Custom Labels.......................................................................................152 WINGRIDDS Command Line Operations ...........................................158 Changing Flag Variable Values – Level/Layer Specification..................159 Changing Flag Variable Values – Time Specification............................159 Specifying the Display Area...................................................................159 Choosing Custom Map Backgrounds....................................................160 Choosing 1 Panel or 4 Panel Display Mode...........................................160 Choosing Custom Map Navigation Mode...............................................161 Command Structures – Displaying Primary Data Fields........................161 Overlaying Displays on a Single Command Line...................................163 Changing Contour Intervals...................................................................163 Simplified Contour Interval Selection.....................................................164 Changing Contour Colors / Dashed Contours........................................164 Single Line Contour Plot........................................................................165 Plotting Digital Grid values at Data Points / Scaling Options.................165 Wind Displays........................................................................................165 Changing Arrow Length.........................................................................166 Displaying Wind Barbs or Streamlines...................................................166 Use of Layers or Multiple Time Periods.................................................166 Native RUC (Rapid Update Cycle) Hybrid-B levels................................167 Animation ...............................................................................................168 Animation in 4 Panel Mode....................................................................169 Animation Controls................................................................................170 Specify a Cross Section Path................................................................170 Cross Section Wind Displays.................................................................171 Specify a Time Section Plot...................................................................172 Sounding Commands............................................................................173 Hodograph Commands..........................................................................174 Trajectory Commands............................................................................174 BUFKIT Data Generation Commands....................................................175 Printing ...............................................................................................175 Saving and Restoring Pre-Generated Graphics.....................................175    4   WINGRIDDS Contour Color Fill Operations .......................................176 Line Based, Graduated Color (CTLG [CLN*] ).......................................178 Fill Based, Selected Pattern (CTFP [CFP*] ).........................................179 Fill Based Selected Color (CTFC [CFC*] ).............................................180 Fill Based, Graduated Color (CTFG [CFG*] ) ........................................183 WINGRIDDS Observation Data Operations .......................................184 Observation Data Ingesting with OBS2PCG (Command Line)..............186 Observation Data Ingesting with OBS2PCG from within WINGRIDDS..188 Observation PCG Data File Names.......................................................189 Combined Observation Data File Names...............................................190 Editing Combined Observation Files .....................................................194 Station Model Plot Color Control............................................................197 Plotting Station Model Data...................................................................198 WINGRIDDS Observation Commands..................................................198 Diagnostic Functions ..........................................................................199 Diagnostic Functions – Background and Philosophy.............................199 Available Diagnostic Functions..............................................................199 Diagnostic Functions – Cross Section Specific......................................201 Examples of Diagnostic Functions.........................................................201 Shorthand Specifications and Commonly Used Functions....................201 Repeating Previous Commands............................................................202 Calculating Convection and Shear Parameters.....................................202 Command (Macro) Files........................................................................203 Sample Command File..........................................................................204 Diagnostic Functions - Advanced Explanations ...............................205 Vertical Level Commands......................................................................205 Commands to Alter Contour Interval......................................................207 Commands to Alter Forecast Time........................................................209 Commands to Display Gridded Data.....................................................210 Pressure and Geopotential Height Commands......................................211 Temperature Commands.......................................................................211 Wind Commands...................................................................................212 Cross/Time Section Displays.................................................................216 Cross/Time Section Commands............................................................216 Moisture Commands..............................................................................221 Precipitation Fields Commands.............................................................222 Scalar/Vector Commands......................................................................223 Scalar Diagnostics.................................................................................224 Vector Diagnostics.................................................................................228 Commands for Layer/Time Values........................................................234 Commands for Lifting Layers.................................................................236 Commands to Alter Appearance of Display Fields & Data.....................237

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