After much hard work and teeth gnashing by Brandon it appears that the GRLevelX placefiles are back up to speed after the GoDaddy server migration. Please use this area to discuss anything pertaining to placefile operation. Brandon has put a lot of work into this site and the placefiles so he is continually striving to make them as functional and efficient as possible. If you notice any errors please post in the 'errors and bugs' subforum. If you have any observations that are not currently included and would like to add them to the list please use the METAR observation site request portion of the forum to make requests. Now that redteamwx is hosted on a Linux server there is significant potential for new and exciting products from redteamwx so stay tuned!
Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it! With the link you've provided, I could definitely write a placefile for the coded surface frontal positions. Honestly I'm not a huge fan of that particular product. Errors in the coded frontal positions quickly increase with time after issuance and map analysis is quite subjective (depends on forecaster skill/experience). Given the aforementioned issues and the limited 'geographic scope' of GRLevelX, I'm not sure how useful this type of placefile would be. Having said that, I'm open to creating one and perhaps once I see one in use it will change my mind. What would you use this placefile for, in particular? Have you used other codsus placefiles? If so, is there anything that you would change with existing codsus placefiles to improve them?
I've spent some time on a codsus placefile recently and have the "High" and "Low" positions plotting properly, so, just a matter of time before I get the line statements for the frontal positions. I'll have to figure out the best way to plot the high/low positions and fronts. If you'd like to see an example of what I've done so far, go to: www.redteamwx.com/codsus.jpg
I can't say when or even if I may finish, but, I'll keep you posted..
The METAR placefiles have been very helpful! Here's one piece of feedback-- the upper 70's and low 80's dew points appear with text color of dark green. It is so dark that it nearly blends in with the black backround of GRLevel3. Alternatively, it may also blend in with the green backgrounds of the LANDSAT background. Dew points below 70 generally show up alright on either black or LANDSAT-background.
Any plans on supporting the timestamp feature so the METARs will loop?
Actually, yes haha. I just posted the following information on the main website (http://www.redteamwx.com):
Here is a test script implementing the new TimeRange feature for placefiles (available on the latest GRLevel2Analyst Beta). This is my first attempt at creating a looping METAR placefile - as a result, some quirks/bugs are likely. Check it out by loading the following link into the GRLevel2Analyst placefile manager (make sure to include http:// at the beginning of the link):