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.
Looping Placefiles became possible with the introduction of GR2Analyst v2.60 Beta 3. Updating RTWX placefiles to take advantage of the new TimeRange statement in Placefile v1.5 took more time/effort than I had anticipated, however, the end result was certainly worth it, what a cool feature! I've already added links to 4 experimental looping placefiles on the GRLevelX page. A variety of additional placefiles will be added over the coming weeks. I'm using the experimental wording because I haven't had time to thoroughly test their reliability, though they've functioned correctly for me thus far. If anyone notices bugs or script failures, drop me a line and I'll investigate.
Note: Looping placefiles will function ONLY on GR2Analyst v2.60 Beta 3 (or higher).
5 Years Ago...
I embarked on an effort to create my very own METAR placefiles in 2012. I soon realized this would take a lot more time and effort than I had initially suspected (how hard can it be???). I would need to learn a new programming language (PHP), purchase a web domain/host, and learn how to run a website. Despite a new, somewhat daunting appreciation for everything that was involved, I gave it a try (that I was influenced by the lure of real-time environmental data displayed alongside Level II radar data, there is no doubt). To my surprise, I found that I truly enjoyed programming. Even more surprising, I discovered an artistic creativity I was previously unaware of, and learned something new about myself. This was the beginning of RedTeamWx. -Brandon V.