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9.1 Real-time Data Access - Weather Text Products

Weather text data is unique, because it must reside on a McIDAS-X remote server; it cannot reside on the local server.

The first line of text products received by McIDAS contains WMO information about the data being received. An example of this WMO information line is shown below:

Many text products sent by the National Weather Service contain an additional line of information. This AFOS/AWIPS information also indicates product and origin. Examples of the AFOS/AWIPS information lines are shown here:


Using WXTLIST to read weather text products

In this lesson, you will be using the WXTLIST command to read various weather text products.

  1. List the available predefined text products.

    Type: WXTLIST DIR

    This will produce a listing of all the predefined text products available in the group RTWXTEXT.

  2. List the five most recent Severe Weather Watch Updates.

    Type: WXTLIST SEVERE_WX_STATEMENT NUM=5

    WXTLIST relies on keywords to refine the search for text products. The WMO keyword matches the product header. The NUM keyword indicates how many reports you want listed. The WSTN keyword can be used to match the station initiating the report.

  3. List the most recent zone forecast for Madison, Wisconsin.

    Type: WXTLIST APRO=ZFP ASTN=MKX MATCH=MADISON

    The APRO keyword matches the product header. The ASTN keyword matches the station initiating the report. The MATCH keyword looks for any occurrence of the word MADISON in the reports.


Listing raw observational text reports

There are six macro commands that list observations and forecasts:

These commands all utilize the functionality of the OBSRPT command.

  1. List the upper air observations for Arizona and New Mexico for the past 24 hours.

    Type: RAOBRPT AZ NM 24

  2. List the surface hourly observations for the past 12 hours in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Type: SFCRPT KPHX 12

    This data is all listed in the raw report format. In a later section, you will use the UALIST and SFCLIST commands to quickly list the observed data in a format that is easier to read.

 


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