Viewing archived soundings in SHARPpy

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  1. James Hammett

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    I doubt the ISU archive has model soundings archived. I guess I don't know exactly where in the directory structure to look, but sounding data I looked at looked like observations.

    Okay, looking closer I see they have gempak data stored. Probably horizontal model cross sections that you'd have to parse through to construct a sounding manually. I don't read GEMPAK data so I can't help you with that. Perhaps Rob Dale can.
     
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    Hi James. SHARPpy (the app) can load in archived Bufkit soundings from IEM. I've used this functionality several times in my own research. Download a .buf file and use the menu bar when the SHARPpy sounding picker window opens up to select "Open..." Navigate to the Bufkit file and you should be set!

    If you don't have Bufkit data, then you'll have to make your own files straight from the model data.
     
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    Hmm...I've never been able to get SHARPpy to open a buf file. It doesn't matter if it comes from the PSU Bufkit Data Distribution, IEM, or any other source. I always get the error "Could not figure out the format of '<filename>'!"
     
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    Hi Greg. Does this work for the latest compiled SHARPpy (Xenia), or only in the very latest build? Is there any needed naming convention for the bufkit file? I get the same errors as Brian using Xenia.
     
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    I was able to load a Bufkit file from IEM into the latest version of Xenia, both using the binary and when running from the source code. However, there is currently a bug that shows up after loading in which you can't switch between the forecast hours.

    You might try to update to the latest version of Xenia. I've fixed a few bugs since the release that might affect the ability to load in Bufkit soundings from disk. Loading bufkit files from disk should also work in the development version. I'll see if I can fix the bug with the forecast hours.
     
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