Your Storm Chasing/Model Links

Just to get an idea here for the upcoming fall chase season, what do you use for your mesoanalysis when chasing? Models, RUC/ETA soundings, and such? Basically....what are your best links that aid you in chasing? :)
 
I use SPC mesoanalysis infrequently, often when there are multiple areas of interest and I have to find the best one. My two favorite pieces of software when chasing are Weatherscope and BUFKIT. If you have never used either of them, I highly reccomend.

Weatherscope lets you contour or shade pretty much any observed or derived surface variable so you can make your own customized maps (i.e. theta-e, winds, and surface pressure). BUFKIT is great too. It comes with a tool that lets you save upper-air files in a list for easy download (e.g. the latest RUC runs from all the Oklahoma stations).

Weatherscope - www.ocs.ou.edu/software
BUFKIT - http://www.wdtb.noaa.gov/tools/BUFKIT/index.html
You can get BUFKIT data (.buf files) from lots of places, but my favorite is the clickable map at Penn State - http://www.meteo.psu.edu/bufkit/bufk.html
 
Originally posted by Michael P. Morris
I use SPC mesoanalysis infrequently, often when there are multiple areas of interest and I have to find the best one. My two favorite pieces of software when chasing are Weatherscope and BUFKIT. If you have never used either of them, I highly reccomend.

Weatherscope lets you contour or shade pretty much any observed or derived surface variable so you can make your own customized maps (i.e. theta-e, winds, and surface pressure). BUFKIT is great too. It comes with a tool that lets you save upper-air files in a list for easy download (e.g. the latest RUC runs from all the Oklahoma stations).

Weatherscope - www.ocs.ou.edu/software
BUFKIT - http://www.wdtb.noaa.gov/tools/BUFKIT/index.html
You can get BUFKIT data (.buf files) from lots of places, but my favorite is the clickable map at Penn State -http://www.meteo.psu.edu/bufkit/bufk.html

Where is the file that allows upper air data ingesting? I have it and I have never been able to overlay the upper air models overtop. Thanks for the help.
 
If you are referring to BUFKIT, there is a little app that comes with it called BufGet, and it requires you to install a TCL interpreter to run it. Then you give it a list of the web adresses of the .buf files you want to download, and it automatically puts them in the BUFKIT directory so you can look at them in the program.
 
RUC 13km: http://maps.fsl.noaa.gov/
You can select regional instead of a big zoomed out view of the entire US. I mainly use that site for CAPE/SLP & Precip. I'll use the RAP site for Precip/MCVNG. And the COD site for the windfields, helicity and VV's.

NOTE: The RAP (NCAR) RUC Data is the quickiest to display the new runs. Followed shortly by the FSL site and very slowly by the COD site. As far as I know the COD is still 20km-40km regionally but could be wrong. FSL has 13km and I have no idea what RAP is but guessing it's still 20km.

Plymouth State has a nice way to overlay and control intervals/zoom for RUC/NAM/GFS data.

Aside, from model links. They are some pretty neat programs which can be helpful. Two of which are our own Tim Vasquez's Digital Atmosphere and IWMAP.
 
Originally posted by Scott Olson
RUC 13km: http://maps.fsl.noaa.gov/
You can select regional instead of a big zoomed out view of the entire US. I mainly use that site for CAPE/SLP & Precip. I'll use the RAP site for Precip/MCVNG. And the COD site for the windfields, helicity and VV's.

NOTE: The RAP (NCAR) RUC Data is the quickiest to display the new runs. Followed shortly by the FSL site and very slowly by the COD site. As far as I know the COD is still 20km-40km regionally but could be wrong. FSL has 13km and I have no idea what RAP is but guessing it's still 20km.

Plymouth State has a nice way to overlay and control intervals/zoom for RUC/NAM/GFS data.

Aside, from model links. They are some pretty neat programs which can be helpful. Two of which are our own Tim Vasquez's Digital Atmosphere and IWMAP.

Tim's Digital Atmosphere, is a very good program. It provides all the latest models/soundings, without the hastle of having to go through numerous links, cluttered graphs, and so on. I would reccomend it!
 
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