Dated: Feb. 4, 2015
Today, we had a catastrophic failure of the primary data hard drive on our server. This means that we have lost ALL our accumulated archives up to this point (since we had not backed up anything at this point). I have fixed the majority of the problem with a Band-Aid fix for now. We are in the process of backing up the primary website and its scripts (now); but it will take a couple days for the site to completely re-populate its graphics.
-Dr. Wesley Terwey
Dated: Nov. 5, 2014
Well, I would like to thank everyone for being incredibly patient on the launch of this website. For much of the last four months, it has been lovingly tended for by myself and Mr. Patrick Collins in our spare time. We have built a site that we hope is meteorologically useful, easy to navigate, and adds our own stamp on the meteorological data community.
That being said, we have lots of future plans for this site. As you may notice, some sections of the site are still unwritten. We know the vision we have for these sections and will be working on filling those in as we progress these next couple months.
Additionally, we do plan to produce our own radar and satellite images, as well as our own model maps, in the near future. For the current moment, we wanted to launch the difficult observational portions first, then add in the easier (but more complete) model and remote sensing datasets later. Of these, the model datasets will be first to be finished, followed by radar, then satellite.
Let me talk a moment about our observational maps (surface and upper air). These are generated strictly from observational data. No model data has been included in these. The data is briefly quality-controlled (though not thoroughly yet), then run through a two-pass Barnes filter (e.g. Koch, DesJardins, and Kocin - 1983). Along the boundaries of the available data, gradients will tend to be kept; in other words, no dynamics are being forced onto the data. Thus, some of the edges around upper air and surface maps may look spurious or strange. For the time being, we will continue to use the basic Barnes-style filter, but as computational resources improve, we may apply other (more dynamically-based) filtering methods to the observational data.
Improvements will continue to be made, and we always appreciate comments and questions. Our Twitter account (@USAWxSystem) will be monitored frequently and will allow for easy interaction with our users.
Again, we would like to thank you for your patronage and hope that we can continue to be a useful resource for any meteorologist!
-Dr. Wesley Terwey