RAC Procedures Download

Procedures and Colormaps Instructions Tested and Ready (Last Updated 6/5/2019)

Procedures
RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml
RAC-FY19-GIDSevere_CitiesInWhite.xml (identical to the above procedure except for map coloring, e.g. cities labeled in white)
RAC-FY19-EAXHydro.xml (bundle description, methodology)

Colormaps
1024 Z.cmap
1024 Velocity.cmap
HailMeteorTrail.cmap
uflow10.cmap
streamflow flash exp2.cmap

 

StyleRules
precipRateImageryStyleRules.xml


Python Script
Main.py
loadLocalizationInfo.py
displayLayout.py
bundleModify.py
RadarProducts.csv
ReadMe.txt

 

Download Files

  1. Right click on each of the files above (3 procedures*, 5 colormaps, 1 StyleRule, and 6 python files) and select Save Link As to save to a local folder (e.g. /home/mmagsig/Downloads/RAC). Note: click the Create Folder button to create a separate folder to download the files into.
    1. * Procedure Note: Both "Severe" procedures (RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml and RAC-FY19-GIDSevere_CitiesInWhite.xml) are identical in the loading and arrangement of data, and only differ in the colors of map elements. You may choose to download and modify both, or pick only your preferred procedure and modify just one.
  2. Have your ITO or AWIPS Focal Point install the Local File Installer and Near Storm Environment Awareness Tool from the SCP following the documentation in the downloaded ReadMe.txt.
  3. There are two options to recreate the RAC bundles, and forecasters should be able to do either one once the local AWIPS focal point installs the pre-requisites:
    1. Mostly Automated (recommended) - using a script with command-line arguments to create all bundles
    2. Manual - copy the bundle into the localization perspective and alter and recenter 

 

Option 1 (Mostly Automated): Create All New Bundles with a Script

  1. Open a terminal window (e.g. right click on Linux desktop background and select Open Terminal).
  2. Change directory to the download location you downloaded the files to (e.g. cd Downloads/RAC).
  3. Run "python Main.py --wfo $your_3letter_CWA_id --radars $radar1 $radar2 $radar3 $radar4 --autoGuess", where radar1 is the upper-left panel, radar2 is the upper-right panel, radar3 is the lower-right panel, and radar4 is the lower-left panel (must be 4 radars and should be arranged based off of relative position to each other).
    • e.g. python Main.py --wfo OUN --radars kvnx kinx ktlx kfdr --autoGuess
    • Follow any instructions when prompted by the program. You will need to choose a satellite option for east versus west, but most prompts you can just accept what the program recommends.
    • The script needs to be run for each procedure file. Re-run and select the second hydro procedure after finishing with the first severe procedure.
  4. Launch CAVE.
  5. Open the Localization perspective (e.g. Left click on the Open Perspective icon in the CAVE toolbar and select Localization).
  6. Double click on the CAVE folder to identify the Color Maps subfolder to be used in the next step.
  7. In the Downloads folder on your Linux desktop from Step 2, select the 1024 Z.cmap and 1024 Velocity.cmap files by holding down the Ctrl button and left clicking on the icons. Then perform a “drag and drop” into the CAVE->Color Maps folder from Step 6.
  8. Double click on the CAVE Color Maps folder and drag the slider bar down to identify the mrms subfolder to be used in the next step (if mrms does not exist you will need to get with your local AWIPS focal point to create it, otherwise some hydro bundles will not display some data).
  9. In the Downloads folder on your Linux desktop from Step 2, select the HailMeteorTrail.cmap, uflow10.cmap, and streamflow flash exp2.cmap files by holding down the Ctrl button and left clicking on the icons. Then perform a “drag and drop” into the CAVE->Color Maps/mrms folder from Step 8.
  10. Collapse the Color Maps folder by clicking on the triangle next to the name and identify the Perspective Displays folder.
  11. Select precipRateImageryStyleRules.xml from the Downloads folder and "drag and drop" into CAVE->Style Rules folder.
  12. Collapse the CAVE folder in the localization perspective by clicking on the triangle to the left of the name.
  13. Double click on the D2D folder in the Localization perspective.
  14. Select the new procedure files you created in Step 2 from the Downloads folder using Ctrl + left click and perform a “drag and drop” into the D2D->Procedures folder. 
    • MODIFIED_RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml and MODIFIED_RAC-FY19-EAXHydro.xml files are the default names if you didn't change the name
  15. Click on the D2D perspective icon in the upper-right part of CAVE and then restart CAVE to be able to see the new colormaps and procedures.
  16. In D2D, open up the two procedures you just added in step 14 and load the bundles. If you don't have deep convection ongoing, some of the bundles may have missing data. You may find it helps to change scale to Regional if you have nearby convection to be able to test the products. It also helps to step back multiple frames to see if you have any available data.
    • In the kxxx 4 Pnl All-Tilts bundle, the upper-right panel may not have any V/SW data for your dial radars if you do do not have SW data. You can right click on the top middle panel and select Load To This Panel and manually load V(All) from your kxxx/kxxx V radar menu (or Radar->Dial Radars menu). You might also want to right click on the Velocity legend text to change it to white like the others. Once you fix any bundles you will have to copy the bundle back in to your procedure and delete the previous version. Note once you have a new bundle created you can use the Alter button in the procedures window to apply this format to other dial radars that don't have SW data rather than manually doing this step for each radar.
      • Loading V(All) if SW is missing will also need to be done for the kxxx 9 pnl All-tilts/MRMS and kxxx 9 pnl All/Ltg/Sat bundles.
      • TDWRs will not work well with these all-tilts procedures, as they will not load data on any panel with dual pol, SW, or other 88D-specific products.
    • In the kxxx 9pnl All-Tilts No Flip bundle, if you do not have raw CC on your RPS list, then the middle panel will show up without any data loaded. If you don't have raw CC on your RPS list, then you will need to right click in the middle panel and select Load To This Panel and manually load CC(All) from your radar's CC menu (e.g. kxxx/kxxx CC). You might also want to right click on the CC legend text to change it to white like the others. Once you fix any bundles you will have to copy the bundle back in to your procedure.
    • The Hail -10 to -30 Height (ft) layer in the Hail Threat bundle is one parameter that can load inconsistently in all three models, and you may want to try reloading in that pane if you have any problems following these instructions:
      • To manually load the Hail -10 to -30 Height (ft) in the bottom-left pane of the RAP Hail Threat bundle, for example, using the Volume Browser, select Load to This Panel in the bottom-left panel and use these settings:
        • Sources: Volume-->RAP13, Fields: Hgt/Pres-->Height, Planes: Temp--> -10C then Temp--> -30C. Then highlight both -10C and -30C products (highlight -10C first then -30C) in the Product Selection List and left click the Diff button in the lower left corner of the Volume Browser window to plot the difference.
    • The FFMP bundles will be created for the four radars you provide, and not all of them will likely have FFMP data. So you will need to remove some of the FFMP bundles for radar sources that have not been set up yet.
    • The 3a kxxx Rate... bundles require SCAN precip rate data for the upper left panel, so if that panel doesn't have the data loaded, you may need to address your SCAN precip rate display issue.
  17. Note: many offices implemented the original FLASH capability using NSSL's instructions that provided FLASH streamflow in metric units and not the cfs values in the latest AWIPS baseline. If you have metric units for streamflow and unit streamflow then remove the /awips2/edex/data/utility/common_static/site/$CWA/grib/tables/161/0/4.2.209.12.table and restart EDEX (where $CWA is your CWA identifier like BOX).

 

Option 2 (Manual Step 1): Download Files and Copy in to Localization Perspective

  1. On your Linux desktop locate the Downloads folder using the File Browser (e.g. double click on your Home icon), and identify all of the files you downloaded.
  2. Launch CAVE.
  3. Open the Localization perspective (e.g. Left click on the Open Perspective icon in the CAVE toolbar and select Localization).
  4. Double click on the CAVE folder to identify the Color Maps subfolder to be used in step 5.
  5. In the Downloads folder on your Linux desktop from Step 1, select the 1024 Z.cmap and 1024 Velocity.cmap files by holding down the Ctrl button and left clicking on the icons. Then perform a “drag and drop” into the CAVE->Color Maps folder from Step 4.
  6. Double click on the CAVE Color Maps folder and drag the slider bar down to identify the mrms subfolder to be used in the next step (if mrms does not exist you will need to get with your local AWIPS focal point to create it, otherwise some hydro bundles will not display some data).
  7. In the Downloads folder on your Linux desktop from Step 1, select the HailMeteorTrail.cmap, uflow10.cmap, and streamflow flash exp2.cmap files by holding down the Ctrl button and left clicking on the icons. Then perform a “drag and drop” into the CAVE->Color Maps/mrms folder from Step 6.
  8. Collapse the Color Maps folder in the localization perspective by clicking on the triangle to the left of the name.
  9. Select precipRateImageryStyleRules.xml from the Downloads folder and "drag and drop" into CAVE->Style Rules folder.
  10. Collapse the CAVE folder in the localization perspective by clicking on the triangle to the left of the name.
  11. Double click on the D2D folder in the Localization perspective.
  12. Select the RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml,  RAC-FY19-GIDSevere_CitiesInWhite.xml, and RAC-FY19-EAXHydro.xml files from the Downloads folder using Ctrl + left click and perform a “drag and drop” into the D2D->Procedures folder.

 

Option 2 (Manual Step 2): Modify Severe Weather Bundle

  1. In the Localization perspective D2D Procedures folder select RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml (same steps apply to "CitiesInWhite" version) and double click on USER to modify the user override.
  2. Click on the "Source" tab at the bottom of the editor window to view the full document source xml.
  3. With your cursor inside the window, use Ctrl F to launch the find/replace window and enter GID in the Find: box and your CWA in all upper case (e.g. PAH) in the Replace with: box. Click the Replace All button.
  4. Save the procedure by using Ctrl-S or use File-Save. You should see the * disappear from the procedure tab name in the top left of the display.
  5. Switch back to the D2D perspective by clicking on the D2D label in the CAVE toolbar.
  6. From the File menu in the D2D Perspective, select Procedures, then select Open.
  7. From the USER pulldown menu, double click on RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml.
  8. Select SRAD MRMS and then left click on the Load button at the bottom of the Procedure window (or double click on bundle name). The data will likely not display completely yet.
  9. From the CAVE Scales menu, select WFO. This should re-center the display over your CWA.
  10. Now you are ready to copy this into a local procedure to save. Open a new procedure (File->Procedures->New), and in the Procedures window, left click on Copy In.
  11. Left click on Save As and give the new procedure a name (e.g. fy19rac-severe-local) and click OK.
  12. Change to the Localization perspective and in D2D->Procedures select RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml and double click on USER to modify the user override.
  13. Select the Source tab at the bottom, and open the Find/Replace tool (Ctrl F). Enter klnx in the Find: box and the radar you want in the upper left panel in the Replace with: box (ideally the most northwest radar). Then click the Replace All button.
  14. Select the Source tab at the bottom, and open the Find/Replace tool (Ctrl F). Enter koax in the Find: box and the radar you want in the upper right panel in the Replace with: box (ideally the most northwest radar). Then click the Replace All button.
  15. Select the Source tab at the bottom, and open the Find/Replace tool (Ctrl F). Enter ktwx in the Find: box and the radar you want in the lower right panel in the Replace with: box (ideally the most northwest radar). Then click the Replace All button.
  16. Select the Source tab at the bottom, and open the Find/Replace tool (Ctrl F). Enter kuex in the Find: box and the radar you want in the lower left panel in the Replace with: box (ideally the most northwest radar). Then click the Replace All button.
  17. Save the procedure by using Ctrl-S or use File-Save. You should see the * disappear from the procedure tab name in the top left of the display.
  18. Switch back to the D2D perspective and load the SRAD Single bundle in the Procedure window (you may need to close and re-open the RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml window for your changes to appear).
  19. From the CAVE Scales menu, select WFO. This should re-center the display over your CWA. If your local CWA boundary doesn't appear, reload it.
  20. Now you are ready to copy this into your local procedure (e.g. fy19rac-local) to save. Open your local Procedure window, left click on Copy In. Click Save.
  21. Select one of the kxxx 4 Pnl All-Tilts type bundles (should be your local radars) from the RAC-FY19-GIDSevere procedure.
  22. From the CAVE Scales menu, select WFO. This should re-center the display over your CWA. If your local CWA boundary doesn't appear, reload it.
  23. In the new procedure window (e.g. fy19rac-local.xml) click Copy In. Click Save.
  24. Once you have a radar bundle created for your local radar centered on your WFO, you can use the Alter button to load it with another local radar and rename the bundle and save the procedure. Or you can load and recenter the other existing bundles.
    • In the Alter Bundle on Loading window, select the Radar check box, and then click on the button to the right to select the local radar you want to use. Click Load. Then Copy In the bundle to your procedure and use the Rename button to rename the bundle with the new radar name and click Save.
    • In the kxxx 4 Pnl All-Tilts bundle, the upper-right panel may not have any V/SW data for your dial radars if you do do not have SW data. You can right click on the top middle panel and select Load To This Panel and manually load V(All) from your kxxx/kxxx V radar menu (or Radar->Dial Radars menu). You might also want to right click on the Velocity legend text to change it to white like the others. Once you fix any bundles you will have to copy the bundle back in to your procedure and delete the previous version.  Note once you have a new bundle created you can use the Alter button in the procedures window to apply this format to other dial radars that don't have SW data rather than manually doing this step for each radar.
    • TDWRs will not work well with any of the all-tilts procedures, as they will not load data on any panel with dual pol, SW, or other 88D-specific products.
  25. Perform the load, recenter, copy in, and save steps for all the remaining bundles until kxxx 9 pnl All/Ltg/Sat. For this bundle you will need to right click in each panel and select Load To This Panel and manually load Vis, IR, and WV for your favorite satellite products in the right 3 panes.
    • Loading V(All) if SW is missing will also need to be done for the  kxxx 9 pnl All-tilts/MRMS and kxxx 9 pnl All/Ltg/Sat bundles.
    • In the kxxx 9pnl All-Tilts No Flip bundle, if you do not have raw CC on your RPS list, then the middle panel will show up without any data loaded. If you don't have raw CC on your RPS list, then you will need to right click in the middle panel and select Load To This Panel and manually load CC(All) from your radar's CC menu (e.g. kxxx/kxxx CC). You might also want to right click on the CC legend text to change it to white like the others. Once you fix any bundles you will have to copy the bundle back in to your procedure.
  26. For the GOES-14 Vis/IR NSEA Obs bundle after loading you will need to re-select the WFO scale and then manually load IR with the Image Combination button off. Then turn the Image Combination button on and load Vis. Then Copy In and click Save in your new procedure.
  27. For the MESO-CAPE/SRH CIN Obs RALA bundle, after loading you will need to re-select the State scale, Copy In, and click Save in your new procedure.
  28. For each of the TornadoHail, and Wind Threat bundles, load the bundles into the display one at a time and re-center over your area by selecting Selecting State(s) from the Scales menu, then Copy In, and Save.  If you want to apply this to other models you can use the Alter button and select the new model to use from the Grid button. The Hail -10 to -30 Height (ft) layer is one parameter that can load inconsistently in all three models, and you may want to try reloading in that pane if you have any problems following these instructions:
    • To manually load the Hail -10 to -30 Height (ft) in the bottom-left pane of the RAP Hail Threat Bundle, for example, using the Volume Browser, select Load to This Panel in the bottom-left panel and use these settings:
      • Sources: Volume-->RAP13, Fields: Hgt/Pres-->Height, Planes: Temp--> -10C then Temp--> -30C. Then highlight both -10C and -30C products (highlight -10C first then -30C) in the Product Selection List and left click the Diff button in the lower left corner of the Volume Browser window to plot the difference.
  29. Once you have all bundles saved into your new procedure, you can load them into other procedures and new tabs in your Perspective Displays.
  30. Close the RAC-FY19-GIDSevere.xml Procedure window.

 

Option 2 (Manual Step 3): Modify Hydro Bundle

  1. Change to the Localization perspective and in D2D->Procedures select RAC-FY19-EAXHydro.xml and double click on USER to modify the user override.
  2. The 4 panel with four separate radars will require you to replace each radar in the four panel with your local radars. With your cursor inside the window, use Ctrl F to launch the find/replace window and enter koax in the Find: box and enter the radar you want to replace the upper-left panel (e.g. kmob) in the Replace with: box (should be most northwest radar). Click the Replace All button.
  3. In the find/replace window and enter kdmx in the Find: box and enter the radar you want to replace the upper-right panel in the Replace with: box (should be most northeast radar). Click the Replace All button.
  4. In the find/replace window and enter keax in the Find: box and enter the radar you want to replace the lower-right panel in the Replace with: box (should be most southeast radar). Click the Replace All button.
  5. In the find/replace window and enter ktwx in the Find: box and enter the radar you want to replace the lower-left panel in the Replace with: box (should be most southwest radar). Click the Replace All button.
  6. Save the procedure by using Ctrl-S or use File-Save. You should see the * disappear from the procedure tab name in the top left of the display. We will come back to this bundle later.
  7. Switch back to the D2D perspective by clicking on the D2D label in the CAVE toolbar.
  8. From the File menu in the D2D Perspective, select Procedures, then select Open.
  9. From the USER pulldown menu, double click on RAC-FY19-EAXHydro.xml.
  10. Double click on bundle 1. Crest Soil Moisture 1h 3h FFG Topo to load. From the Scales menu select WFO to re-center the bundle over your CWA.
  11. Now you are ready to copy this into a local procedure to save. Open a new procedure (File->Procedures->New), and in the Procedures window, left click on Copy In.
  12. Left click on Save As and give the new procedure a name (e.g. fy19rac-hydro-local) and click OK.
  13. Double click on bundle 2. (Nearest Radar…) to load. If you replaced the radars in steps 2-6 then all you need to do is recenter the scale. Under the scales menu, select WFO scale to recenter over your WFO. Click Copy In and Save.
  14. Double click on bundle 2. (MRMS Bias…) to load. Under the scales menu, select WFO scale to recenter over your WFO. Click Copy In and Save.
  15. Note there are similar bundles with different radars, so once you have saved your first bundle re-centered with your local radar, you can select that new bundle and use the Alter button and select another radar in your CWA to create the same bundles for each additional radar. Or you can recenter the available bundles.
  16. For bundles 3a, 3b, 3c, and 4, and 5 recenter over your WFO, Copy In, and Save.
    Note: If you have gaps in your precip products when there is no precipitation, then your SCAN precip rate (upper left) or MRMS products (lower left) may not load. You can either wait until there is more precip coverage or try manually loading the products. To manually load, first right-click and hold on the DPR product legend in the middle-left panel and select Time Match Basis which resets the time match basis of the bundle to the consistently available DPR. If the upper-left data is missing, in the upper-left panel, right click and select Load to This Panel and load the SCAN->Precipitation Rate (in/hr) from the SCAN:kxxx menu for your radar. If the lower-panels MRMS data are missing, then on the lower left panel, right click and select Load to This Panel and load MRMS->Precip Products->Surface Precipitation Rate (SPR). In the bottom-right panel right click and select Load to This Panel and load MRMS->Precip Products->Surface Precipitation Type (SPT) in the bottom right. If the products loaded with these extra steps, then in your new procedures window Copy In, Rename, and Save.
  17. For the first bundle 6, load the FFMP kxxx/DHR bundle, and then select WFO from the scales menu to recenter. Make sure your Image Combination button is off.
    • If FFMP does not load, then load FFMP for a particular source from the SCAN menu (e.g. SCAN->kuex->FFMP keux Table/Basins DHR Display). After FFMP is loaded, then middle click on the ffmp Table Display legend text to make it editable (very important step). Note the legend text will say (Editable). Then turn the Image Combination button on and load a DHR product from the kxxx, kxxx Precip menu for that radar.
  18. In your new procedures window Copy In and Save. The FFMP bundle is designed so you can load WarnGen on top of this, and middle click on the WarnGen text to switch the editable state between WarnGen and FFMP for adjusting WarnGen polygons or creating downstream basin traces. If you don't make FFMP editable before pairing the product, this won't be possible.
  19. Create FFMP bundles for your DHRDPRHPE, and MRMS sources. If there is no precip in your CWA, then HPE won't load, so you have to have precip around for this.
  20. Note: many offices implemented the original FLASH capability using NSSL's instructions that provided FLASH streamflow in metric units and not the cfs values in the latest AWIPS baseline. If you have metric units for streamflow and unit streamflow then remove the /awips2/edex/data/utility/common_static/site/$CWA/grib/tables/161/0/4.2.209.12.table and restart EDEX (where $CWA is your CWA identifier like BOX).

 

 

Contact: Michael.A.Magsig@noaa.gov and Eric.P.Jacobsen@noaa.gov