What is RedTeamWx?
RedTeamWx transforms meteorological data into creative software customizations/visualizations, drawing upon 15 years of professional experience/public service in the field of Meteorology and over a decade of field experience chasing severe convection in the central plains and tropical cyclones along the southeast coast. RedTeamWx products are freely accessible and regularly used by thousands of meteorologists and weather enthusiasts, including students and faculty at a number of universities and educational institutions, emergency managers and key decision makers (local, state and federal), military and government forecasters, broadcast meteorologists, businesses, non-profit organizations, skywarn spotters, and storm chasers. It is an honor to know that RedTeamWx has been embraced by so many in the meteorological community.
OK Mesonet Placefile
I recently finished updating the 'site list' for the OK mesonet placefile. This means that the script should plot all mesonet sites that are currently active (~141 sites), substantially more than before. As soon as I have time, the OK mesonet scripts will be re-written from the ground up in order to add new features, along with a new mesonet iconset that better supports plotting on high resolution displays.
High DPI Metar Scripts Online
I just finished updating the primary METAR scripts (fullobs.php and obs.php) to include support for high resolution displays (up to 192 DPI). The aforementioned scripts should automatically determine what display you're using and load the appropriate icon assets. If anyone notices a problem, has any issues, or would like to provide feedback, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Metar Plot (Color Dewpoint) Available
For those who find the new fullobs.php script (color dewpoint and altimeter) too 'busy' or a little overwhelming, the original script (color dewpoint-only) is back online and will remain available as fullobs2.php See the GRLEVELX page for more information.
New WPC 48-HR & 72-HR QPF Placefiles
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_48hr.php WPC Day 1-2 (48 HR) QPF http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_72hr.php WPC Day 1-3 (72 HR) QPF
Updated Wind Vector Placefiles
Fixed a few bugs with the current vector placefiles and introduced a new wind vector placefile color coded for pressure (altimeter), pretty neat when checking out tropical or extratropical cyclones!
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector.php Wind Vector (Color-Coded for Dewpoints)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector2.php Wind Vector (Color-Coded for Theta-E)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector3.php Wind Vector (Color-Coded for Altimeter)
Chasing a Supercell on Dirt Roads in Kansas in May of 2012
Gustnado developing underneath the leading edge of a supercell's FFD in May of 2012
A Few Placefile Updates
Fixed a few bugs and introduced some new features in the fullobs.php and obs.php METAR scripts. The fullobs.php script has been updated with a color Altimeter plot to aid in pattern recognition/analysis 'at-a-glance'. For those who find the color enhancement distracting, a version of the fullobs.php script with no color enhancement is available: http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/classic.php
CONUS Rivers and Lakes Shapefile
Added a new CONUS rivers and lakes shapefile, available on the GRLevelX webpage. The new shapefile can be found in the shapefile section, located near the bottom of the page. After loading the rivers and lakes shapefile, load the AHPS placefile (example below) for a better understanding of hydrology in your area.
SPC Archive Animator Update
Shelf Cloud Genesis/Evolution
Multicell Thunderstorm Time Lapse
New Heat Index Placefile
NWS CWA Border Outline Placefile
Recent Website/Placefile Outage
Tropical Cyclone Colin
NDBC Buoy Obs
Florida Mesonet (Minimal Plot)
Florida Mesonet (Full Plot)
Storm Chase 2016
2015 Road Shapefiles by State
I have completed new state road shapefiles for a number of states, particularly those in the Midwest. You'll know it's an updated file when you download the .zip file for the state and the STY file has 2015 in the name.
Placefiles Working Again...
The brief placefile outage that began about 24 hours ago has ended as of 4 pm EDT May 11. I apologize for any inconvenience.
New Fire Wx and RH Placefiles...
Created a placefile which plots Relative Humidity (% RH), color coded to enhance fire weather situational awareness. A new fire weather placefile plots both the wind/RH color coded according to critical thresholds. Check out the entire list of placefiles HERE.
New GRLEVELX Placefiles...
Created single-plot placefiles which plot only one variable, such as Wind Chill, Temperature, Dewpoint, Wetbulb Temperature, Wind Speed/Direction, Weather, and 1-HR Precip. A 'hover text' pop-up window with decoded METAR data will display when moused-over. ALSO... fixed the NDBC BUOY PLACEFILE for compliance with all GR versions, so it should work fine now, even on the west coast :) Check out the entire list HERE.
WSV3 Placefiles Coming Soon...
I am in the process of porting the most popular GRLevelX placefiles into a format suitable for WSV3. More on this in the near future. Feel free to send me an e-mail if you have a request for placefiles on WSV3.
GRLevel3 v2.3x Now Supported!
The fullobs.php script and obs.php script (most popular placefiles) have been updated to ensure compatibility with all versions of GR (including GRLevel3 v2.3x), in addition to implementing new wind/weather icons, a few additional decoding features and a few bug fixes. I have yet to create the necessary DPI icon sets for the placefiles to properly support high resolution displays. I apologize for any inconvenience.
Placefile Outages Expected...
While updating the placefiles to support the latest version of GR3 I uncovered a few bugs that went unnoticed until now. Unfortunately, in order to update the code to work for all versions of GR I will have to re-write portions of the scripts, which may take some time. Until then, placefile outages can be expected at times, especially at western CONUS radar sites. With upcoming domain renewal/hosting fees and a considerable amount of work necessary to update/fix the placefiles, donations would be greatly appreciated.
METAR Precipitation Placefile
Color Enhanced METAR Plot
All icons (weather, cloud, wind) have been redesigned to appear sharper and slightly smaller. The T/Td plot at each site is colored according to the Theta-E value calculated for each site. The altimeter plot is colored according to the altimeter value ranging from blue (high pressure) to red (low pressure). Click HERE (.png) or HERE (.jpg) to check out an example screenshot. Note: The .png file is 2-3 mb in size and the .jpg is ~750k in size. The .png file best represents the actual script.Color Enhanced METAR Plot
T,Td and Tw Plots
The following METAR placefiles plot a single variable, either Temperature, Dewpoint, or Wetbulb Temperature. As always, a hover-text window with decoded METAR data will pop-up when the user mouses-over a data plot.Wetbulb Temperature Placefile
Model Guidance (Text) Placefiles
The first placefile displays 12-HR of hourly LAMP guidance for thousands of forecast points (sites) across the US. Just mouse-over the icon at a given observation site and a hover-text window will pop-up with hourly forecast data including temperature, dewpoint, wind direction/speed/gust, cloud cover, ceiling category, and visibility category. The second placefile plots GFSX MOS guidance out to 144-HR and includes max/min temperature, cloud cover, 12-HR POP, and precipitation type.LAMP Guidance Placefile
GFSX MOS Guidance Placefile
New Mesonet Placefiles!
State DOT Sites
New Jersey Mesonet
I just finished several MESOWEST/APRSWXNET placefiles, with several variations available. This placefile plots a LOT of observations. The first placefile link,
plots observations in a manner similar to my mesonet scripts, using small icons (color-coded by dewpoint) and wind barbs. The second placefile link is basically a
more complete version of the first, with T/Td plotted (color-coded to separate curves) alongside the icon and wind barb. The third placefile link plots just a color-coded temperature,
and the fourth just a color-coded dewpoint. All include pop-up windows with hover-text when moused-over. Try out these new placefiles by loading the following links into the
GRLevelX placefile manager one by one:
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/aprswxnet.php http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/aprswxobs.php http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/aprs_temp.php http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/aprs_dwpt.php
Buoy Data Placefile has been fixed! I re-wrote the script from the ground up (making use of a different data source) and the script is now running properly (wind direction/speed are correct). I also improved the script, decoding additional data fields including wave height, wave period, and wave direction (when available) in addition to air temp, dewpoint, water temp, and wind speed/direction. http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/buoyobs.php
AHPS River Data Placefile AHPS river data placefile. This placefile plots every AHPS site in the country, color codes the plot according to flood stage (no flooding, minor flooding, moderate flooding, or major flooding), and produces hover-text with information on the site, the current observation level, and flood stage levels (if available). http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ahps.php
New/experimental METAR placefiles with different color-coding options. Option 0 plots full observation data color coded by Dewpoint, while Option 1 plots full observation data color coded by Theta-E. I plan on adding a variety of different color coding options in addition to other custom features down the line. Stay tuned. If you have any suggestions or feedback, send me an e-mail at email@example.com.
Add the following link(s) to the GRLevelX Placefile Manager: http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/metars.php?ver=0 http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/metars.php?ver=1