Try out a copy!You can download a fully functional program and use it for 30 days to test out its capabilities. If you like it, register and we will send key numbers to keep the program functional past the 30-day evaluation period. Registrations are processed manually and you will receive an email with instructions on how to obtain your key within 3 days of your order.
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Types of data supportedDigital Atmosphere imports and displays land synoptic (WMO FM 12 SYNOP), ship synoptic (WMO FM 13 SHIP), METAR (WMO FM 15 METAR), buoy (WMO FM 18 BUOY), upper air (WMO FM 35 TEMP), aircraft data report (ACARS) (WMO FM 42 AMDAR), NMC frontal depiction transmission format (ASUS1 KWBC), gridded binary (GRIB) (WMO FM 92-IX), NEXRAD Level III (ICD 2620001) WSR-88D NEXRAD format, Australian AXF comma-delimited observational data and similar formats, NHC Hurricane Warning bulletins, any weather agency's radar images available on the web (JPG or non-animated GIF; configuration may be required), and more!
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Upgrade information (for existing users)
Case Study (2000 heat wave)
Questions & Answers
What kind of raw data does Digital Atmosphere accept?It uses almost every conceivable format established by the World Meteorological Organization. These include SYNOP, SAO, METAR, PILOT (TTAA/TTBB/PPBB), NIDS WSR-88D data, and more! All of this data is accessible for free (it's on the Internet and anyone can get it).
Where do I get the data?It's taken care of for you! You just check off the kind of data you want on the Internet Retrieval panel and Digital Atmosphere will fetch it for you and import it for instant viewing. You can change or add new URL's at your discretion. You can also use great weather databases such as WSI and AccuData, and any canned (saved) data.
What kind of other cool stuff does Digital Atmosphere do?Digital Atmosphere contains a scheduler for automatically retrieving and redisplaying maps every hour (copies can even be saved to disk). There is a fascinating climatology module that lets you display highs, lows, rainfall, etc for specific cities or plotted on your basemaps. Finally Digital Atmosphere is a great tool for creating basemaps that can be used in web sites, studies, and publications.
Why not just use premade weather maps I can already get off the Internet?
What's the difference between the Standard and Professional Version?The Professional Version has four main differences:
What's this I hear about topographic maps?Topography is an essential element of forecasting weather, and Digital Atmosphere features both topography and photoreal terrain.
What kind of system requirements are there?All you need is a Windows computer (Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000) with at least 30 MB of disk space. That's it! Digital Atmosphere is also cleanly written and unlike a lot of software does not populate your system with dozens of nasty drivers, DLLs, and dependencies.
Who writes this program?The software was written by Tim Vasquez, a former Air Force forecaster and veteran storm chaser. Digital Atmosphere enjoys a legion of grass-roots support because it is a clever software application written for professionals and amateurs alike.
Can I try it for free?Of course! Our downloadable version is fully functional, and when you register there's nothing else to download or install. Simply scroll to the top of this page and use the DOWNLOAD link at the left.
What happens if I don't register?Certain features in your evaluation version will stop working after 30 days. You will still be able to retrieve, import, and create maps, but certain features are disabled. These features are restored when you register the software and you get your key; you simply enter it in Help > Register. Your registration is appreciated; not only does it make your copy legitimate but it goes to pay the author's mortgage and groceries. Rest assured you aren't just feeding some corporate bank account.
How can I order? What's the cost?Just go to the top of this page and look at the ADD TO CART links on the left-hand side. The cost is $89 for the Standard Version and $199 for the Professional Version.
What technical support is available?Check out our contact page to reach us with comments and questions.
What other support options are there?For general questions about Digital Atmosphere and other software, visit our online forum. Also read the informative Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list.
Corporate customersMost of our users are amateurs, hobbyists, individuals, students, and retired meteorologists. However, our list of corporate users reads like a Who's Who of the industry. Digital Atmosphere finds its niche in an astounding cross section of the meteorological community! The users who have registered Digital Atmosphere during 2002 and 2003 alone include...
Salt River Project (Phoenix AZ);
Idaho Power Company (Boise ID)
Northland College (Ashland WI);
University of North Dakota (Grand Forks ND);
SUNY Brockport (Brockport NY);
Univ of North Carolina (Asheville NC);
Emory University (Atlanta GA);
Mississippi State University (Starkville MS);
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Yongin, South Korea);
National Weather Service (Hastings NE);
National Weather Service (Pendleton OR);
NOAA Air Resources Laboratory (Silver Spring MD);
Centro Meteorologico Regionale (Milano, Italy);
KNMI (De Bilt, Netherlands);
MeteoSwiss (Zurich, Switzerland);
Cyprus Meteorological Service (Lefkosia, Cyprus);
US Geological Survey / Water Resources of Indiana (Indianapolis IN)
Meteorological Institute (Munich, Germany);
Weizmann Institute of Science (Neteanya, Israel)
UKWtechnik Electronic GmbH, Baiersdorf, Germany;
Mobile Weather Information Systems GmbH (Seewalchen, Austria);
Skycom Telecom Ltd (Newchapel, UK);
Zephyrus Communications (Tulsa OK);
Sea Scan International (Caledon East, Ontario)
DTN Weather Services (Burnsville MN);
Meteorlogix (Burnsville MN);
The Weather Network (Mississauga, Ontario);
Meteo WVl (Koksijde, Belgium)
T-Storm Weather (Chicago, IL)
US Air Force / Air and Space Operations (Pentagon, Washington DC);
3 ASOS (Air Force) (Eielson AFB AK);
US Navy NAVEURMETOCCEN (Souda Bay, Greece);
US Navy NAVPACMETOCCEN (Pearl Harbor HI);
US Navy NACPACMETOCCEN (Yokosuka, Japan);
Maritime Warfare Centre (HMNB Portsmouth, UK);
Naval Technical Training Unit (Keesler AFB MS)
Colt International (Houston TX);
ABX Air / Flight Operations (Wilmington OH)
WNI Oceanroutes (Aberdeen, Scotland);
Fugro GEOS / Marine Weather Services (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates);
Oceans Limited (St Johns, Newfoundland)
KIMT-TV (Mason City IA);
World Weather Productions (Cesson Sevigne, France)
Upper Dublin High School (Fort Washington PA);
Erik Ramstad Middle School (Minot, ND);
Woodward Academy (College Park, GA)
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DA is really a great software, I cannot live without it! When will the next= major upgrade be made available?
Thanks Tim for your quick response (we like that at FedEx) about our Professional Versions! As we're a 24/7 operation, we're look forward to augmenting our present weather system with Digital Atmosphere.
The addition of NEXRAD radar has made this program valuable far beyond its price. Thanks for all the hard work.
The NEXRAD support is truly awesome and easy to use – and the ‘other’ feature just really tops it off. This is about my sixth email tonight – the other five being to other spotters in the area telling them they just have to download Digital Atmosphere and give it a serious going over.
I am very impressed with what you have done. I have already shown several people at work your site. I plan on talking to our MIC (Meteorologist In Charge) soon to see if we can get Digital Atmosphere in the office to complement/supplement AWIPS.