WxWork Announcing Software Changes...

Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Messages
789
Location
Metropolis, Illinois
Apparently WxWorx is going to be making some announcement on software changes at the Storm Chasers Conference. Hopefully they will be adding some text products. :)
 
Sounds interesting. Maybe a silly question, but I am wondering why is the radar resolution in Wxworx so poor...why can't be like GRl3 for example? Is it a bandwidth cause or anything else?

What can be better than grl3 with allisonhouse feeds on the road? I guess nothing, well with spc's mesoscale analysis then you'd call it a road to heaven. :)
 
It's a bandwidth issue for satellite broadcast.

Actually this chase season I have better - GRAE (Level II) with AllisonHouse on my laptop, and GEMPAK on a virtual PC in a window . Verizon is high speed in most of my area now ;>
 
It sure would be nice to see them add some SPC products such as Convective outlooks, MCD's, watch text to the product suite. I wouldn't think that would take so much bandwidth especially since most of these products are only issued a few times a day a couple of dozen times on an active day.
 
It sure would be nice to see them add some SPC products such as Convective outlooks, MCD's, watch text to the product suite. I wouldn't think that would take so much bandwidth especially since most of these products are only issued a few times a day a couple of dozen times on an active day.

Yeah that would be nice. I wish we had better reception around here for high speed. We don't. So there are not a ton of options here.
 
It's a bandwidth issue for satellite broadcast.

Actually this chase season I have better - GRAE (Level II) with AllisonHouse on my laptop, and GEMPAK on a virtual PC in a window . Verizon is high speed in most of my area now ;>

I just recently found out about AllisonHouse (i only recently got grlevel) and just wondering what yours and anyones elses thoughts are on it. And the F5 data too...
 
AH is wonderful, if you don't have a non-NWS source for radar it will save you quite a hassle. I use it for LSR's, METAR's and most importantly -- lightning!
 
Bandwith is an issue with WxWorx and radar resolution. I would hope that they could add convective outlooks, MCD's and watchboxes/text.

Despite its limitations, I am still a big fan especially when chasing in the east.

Bill Hark
 
I haven't heard when the release is going to happen.

Believe me...I tried my best to pry a tidbit out...but no go!!

Jeff is going to have ~15 minutes at the convention this weekend...and we'll make him SPILL THE BEANS on it!!

Oh, BTW....we're giving away one as a grand prize!!

See y'all there!
Tim
 
I sure hope it includes Text Products and maybe some SPC overlays or something. I am on the fence about buying it, mostly because I know I can't get the forecast text products which are more important to me after I've got on a storm. Here's to hoping :D
 
According to Martin Lisius, there will be some SPC products, but as I understand it..there is lots more. If somebody that is attending the convention this weekend wants to 'live blog' it for all to know...go for it!

We will have table space for note taking (especially important for Sunday) and computer blogging (using your own laptop) for every attendee!

To recap: All of the details of the WXWORX upgrades will be made public this coming Saturday at the National Storm Chasers Convention THIS WEEKEND in Denver.

See y'all there!

Tim Samaras
 
According to Martin Lisius, there will be some SPC products, but as I understand it..there is lots more. If somebody that is attending the convention this weekend wants to 'live blog' it for all to know...go for it!

We will have table space for note taking (especially important for Sunday) and computer blogging (using your own laptop) for every attendee!

To recap: All of the details of the WXWORX upgrades will be made public this coming Saturday at the National Storm Chasers Convention THIS WEEKEND in Denver.

See y'all there!

Tim Samaras
DOH! Part of me hopes its just minor upgrades so I don't feel the urge to buy it but I'm guessing it will be on a laptop near me come spring. :p
 
Im super excited about the update. I just purchased a Wx Worx receiver off of ebay. They are showing up a lot more on ebay now, as the product has been out for a little while (mostly wx worxs on wings). These recievers will work though. I hope the update includes a little better satellite/radar resolution and maybe some SPC overlays. That would be sweet.
 
Thanks for the updates Tony! Looks like good news and bad news. The good news is that the updates are what we all have been waiting for. The bad news being you have to have the $99/month Responder package to get those new features. Like most chasers, I only use the $50/month Master Mariner plan during chase season, as it has everything but the shear 'blob' product.

Personally, I'm afraid I can't justify an extra $50/month just to get SPC products via Threat Net. If I had funds in my chase budget to earmark for that, I think it would be better spent on a cellular data plan that would achieve the same results. In the meantime, WIFI is still going to be the better way to get that information. SPC outlooks are normally 'pre-chase' details that are not as time-critical as radar is when you are in the final intercept stage of a chase. By then you should already be in the target anyway.

Nonetheless, I applaud Baron for taking the time to listen to input from chasers in the development of these new features. Hopefully they may allow just one or two of those new features to be added to the Master Mariner plan.
 
Last edited by a moderator:
LATER UPDATE: I talked to Jeff and he informed me that stuff is subject to change. This is all being worked out in terms of what packages, etc. Something to keep in mind. Stay tuned to WX's website for all the latest information!!
 
Since I always get the high end package, I am actually glad to see I am at least going to be getting a little more for my money every month. Now if we could just get base reflectivites and velocities!
 
I wouldnt mind an extra charge for the SPC stuff added onto the marine package instead of upgrading all the way to the Responder package. Hopefully they will offer it on all packages. I would pay the big price if they also increased radar levels to more than 7 colors maxing out at 55dbz. I know.. I know..bandwidth..

But this does show they listen to chasers about what would make it a better tool.
 
If you are a pretty new chaser I could see that as being a great add on. If you are a "seasoned" chaser I think it is pretty useless.
 
If you are a pretty new chaser I could see that as being a great add on. If you are a "seasoned" chaser I think it is pretty useless.


I dont think the outlooks themselves will be that important to the vets but the meso discussions will help some. There are times out in the field we are without data and things can change rapidly so being able to read the MSD's should just add to our information. Watches will also be nice.

But I do agree the Day 1 outlooks and the indecies such as tornado/hail will help the newer chasers.

I really wish we could get the mesoalanysis maps also but thats asking for the moon. :)
 
Last edited by a moderator:
So for those who went to Denver this weekend, what was all the hype about? I assume someone affiliated with Baron talked about these new upgrades?
 
Back
Top