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What are WINGRIDDS and PCGRIDDS32


WINGRIDDS is a Microsoft Windows 32-bit implementation of the DOS-based PCGRIDDS written back in
the early 1990s.
PCGRIDDS32 is a 32-bit program; however, it is not a full Windows, point-and-click GUI program.
PCGRIDDS32 stands for Personal Computer based GRidded Interactive Display and Diagnostic System.
WINGRIDDS is the full MS Windows compliant point-and-click GUI version which stands for WINdows
based GRidded Interactive Display and Diagnostic System. With the release of WINGRIDDS, PGRIDDS32
development has frozen and will not be enhanced or improved in any way.
WINGRIDDS/PCGRIDDS32 is a software package that allows the user to view meteorologically significant
fields of gridded observation analysis and numerical weather prediction model output (GRIB files). The
fields are displayed in either contour or vector format, whichever is appropriate for a particular field. This
package also allows the user to extract a variety of information from numerous meteorological diagnostic
parameters computed from the gridded data fields.
The flexibility of WINGRIDDS allows the package to meet the needs of users with a wide range of skills and
requirements. The novice can quickly learn to display a wide variety of predefined products using the
WINGRIDDS Menu system. More advanced users can develop specialized products to meet their individual
needs using the programmable WINGRIDDS Command language, including the creation of customized
menu options to meet specific user needs.
This page is, at the time, very basic and is my first try at Web authoring. This will be the central place where
updates to WINGRIDDS are released so stay tuned!! WINGRIDDS has been and will be freeware.
Thank you for your support and pass the word about WINGRIDDS!!!
Jeff Krob
NOAA/NESDIS
WINGRIDDS Version 4.0
This is the release of WINGRIDDS Version 4.0. This is a major release with many improvements over
Version 3. The WINGRIDDS Users Guide has a tutorial to guide you through the new operations. As you
can see from the screen shots, there have been major additions to WINGRIDDS operations:
1) WINGRIDDS can display and animate Sounding (Skew-T, Telphigram & Stuve plots) and Hodograph
plots of both model and observation grid-point data.
2) WINGRIDDS can process and display forward and backward Trajectories on both pressure and isentropic
surfaces.

3) WINGRIDDS can process and display Ensemble Probabilities GRIB data from NCEPs SREF model.
4) WINGRIDDS can process and display native RAP (Rapid update Cycle) Hybrid-B surfaces.
5) WINGRIDDS can create BUFKIT data files on Station ID, Lat/Lon or Grid-point locations.
6) WINGRIDDS can display both the standard and Hi Rez NCEP-issued ASUS Frontal Position data files.
7) WINGRIDDS can perform real-time grid data interpolation for map projections of Lat/Lon, Lambert
Conformal and Polar Stereographic and allows the user to create customized grid projections to map the data
to.
8) The Observation ingest utility OBS2PCG32 will now ingest & process observation BUFR-formatted files
which include METAR & Marine obs, Upper-Air RAOBs, NEXRAD VAD Winds, Profiler obs, Polar
satellite and Geostationary satellite sounding obs, satellite-based cloud-track wind obs, QuickScat satellite
surface winds, etc.
If you were not up-to-date with WINGRIDDS v3.0, it is best to just uninstall the WINGRIDDS version you
have, download the complete installation & reinstall. Of course, if you are a PCGRIDDS32 user or are new
to the whole program, just download the complete installation file and follow the installation directions in the
WINGRIDDS User Guide.
So give it a try and see the future of GRIB display and diagnostics!!
WINGRIDDS Version 4.0 Complete Installation File
For those who either have WINGRIDDS v3 already installed *or* those who were participating in the Beta
testing (THANK YOU!!), just download and unzip the WINGRIDDS 3.0 - 4.0 Update file and unzip it in the
WINGRIDDS directory.
WINGRIDDS 3.0 - 4.0 Update
WINGRIDDS 4 Release Notes
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WINGRIDDS Version 4.12 Update
This is the release of WINGRIDDS Version 4.12 Update. There are several bugs which have been fixed.
Please be aware that the WINGRIDDS v4.0 needs to be installed before installing v4.12 Update and v4.12
Update includes all files from the previous updates as well.
****NOTICE**** Version 4.12 has important changes due to the upcoming termination of the NCEP
ftp/ftprd GRIB servers. READ THE RELEASE NOTES!!

Unzip the WINGRIDDS v4.12 Update.zip file in the WINGRIDDS directory and please read the Release
Notes.
WINGRIDDS v4.12 Update
WINGRIDDS v4.12 Release Notes