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Software and Documentation
Available from the NWS
A number of software packages have been written by the NWS or for the
NWS for use internal use in viewing and validating various data streams
The NWS believes that these software packages may be of use to organizations
and individuals external to the NWS. In order to provide convenient access
to this government developed software, several software packages are now
available to the general public through this Internet server. All available
documentation is supplied with the software. This software was developed
for internal use and is supplied with no warranty as to its usefulness
to external users, its accuracy, or its completeness. The NWS, NOAA, and
the U.S. Department of Commerce will not be responsible for any data loss
or damage arising from the use of this software.
Specific Function Software
I. PCGRIDDS - Personal Computer based
GRidded Interactive Display and Diagnostic
PCGRIDDS ® is a DOS program used to display and manipulate gridded
data. The September
1997 version of PCGRIDDS and its Y2K upgrade is now available.
II. Emergency Managers Weather Information Network ( EMWIN ® ) Viewing
The software will view the EMWIN ® data stream and validate the transmission
that is currently available on the PBS Satellite, and the VHF radio broadcast
from the NWS Headquarters building, via the NOAA GOES WEFAX broadcast,
and now available from an Internet server.
This does not imply any endorsement by the National Weather Service,
provided solely as a convenience to the user.
The Executable Modules
by Digital Atmospheres (requires WINDOWS 95©) can be located from
these pages, as well as, executable Modules from WENODE40 by Xenocode,
Inc. [ which now includes the manual ] (requires WINDOWS 95© or WINDOWS
III. METAR Decoding Software (ASCII):
The METAR decoding software was developed to view and validate the new
METAR code form that will become the US standard for aviation surface
observations on July 1, 1996. Additional information on the METAR
Code is available from NESDIS.
IV. WSR-88D Multicast Client Software:
The radar multicast client side software required for receipt of the "open
connection" data stream for downloading. Before downloading the software
please read the "documentation" and review the "README.TXT" file in the
directory holding the software on the server.
Download: Software [Password
contact: Internet Services Group
V. Standard NWS Software (Binary and other Code Forms):
Encoding and Decoding Software
- This web page identifies encoders and decoders to which the policy applies,
identifies relevant code form standards, and links to individual web pages
where encoder/decoder software and documentation reside. The web page
is under development and currently contains only a small portion of the
software that will be available eventually.