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Analysis software?

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 9:13 am
by rmaan
Hi all!

I've been using DA for a couple of months now and I think it would be an understatment to say that it is the BEST available piece of software ever!! The thing is I haven't been able to find any other software similar to DA (apart from software from METLAB - which doesnt have any pricing info!). Does anyone know any software similar to DA/analysis software. If so, I'd really appreciate it if you could give me the name(s) of any available software (freeware or commercial).

Any help is appareciated,

thanks in advance


Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:30 pm
by wxforecaster
There is GEMPAK which is free and what the NWS/NOAA uses. You must have linux!

I got lost in setting it up because i dont know how to use Linux so i just bought DAWS. Problem is, still no GRIB support for Scriptting which GEMPAK has!

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 1:04 am
by Weasel
I think there is an American fellow that will install GEMPAK on a computer if you send it to him. God knows what the shipping charge would be to the UAE...

Would probably be cheaper to buy another copy of DA WS if one is looking to run analysis software on two computers.

One last thing, for those who have never noticed, pcgridds has a home on this forum as well....You don't even have to learn UNIX anymore.

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:08 am
by rmaan
Thanks all, the help is greatly appreciated!

If anyone has any more info, i'd be delighted to hear it!

Thanks again ;)

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2005 6:48 pm
by wxforecaster
His name is Rob Dale. He is in MI.

Good guy.

However the big advantages DAWS has over Gempak is that it is windows base and really easy to learn!

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 9:32 am
by rmaan
Thanks again, shame GEMPAK is only available on linux. I checked the earlier link in the previous post. On their main download page they provide links to many downloads, are you sure that none of the GEMPAK installations can be used with windows?

If not, then I know it's possible to run a linux system and a windows system simultaneously on the same pc (similar to that mac program that runs windows on the mac). Would GEMPAK run under such a setup?

Thanks again,

Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 5:46 pm
by wxforecaster
I am pretty sure it would work. Just as long if you are running LINUX at all time. YOu can also use it under windows if you install an X-Server (i think that is what it is call) which is like a Windows version for Linux.

I know if you go here:

You can E-mail them all your questions and they will e-mail you back within a day or so. They are VERY VERY good at that!

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:54 pm
by britbob
I recently installed Gempak on my machine. My PC was primarily a windows 2000 machine, but because I wanted to play with Gempak I got myself a third hard drive and installed Mandrake 10.1. Effectively I have a dual boot machine - the best of both worlds.

Oh, and I know next to nothing about linux but at least this way I can learn. Beware, Gempak can test the patience of a saint during the installation. It took me over a week just to get any of the GUI`s to work!!

There`s something linux users called dependancy hell, and with Gempak I found out all about that!!

Surprisingly I found GrADS a lot easier to install, however the learning curve is way steeper. Just some basic scripting blew steam from my ears :?

Analysis software

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:00 am
by Carl Sidor
I have recently been checking this out because I want to run a visualization program called Viz5d+. It runs only on Linux. I have seen discussion groups that say you can partition your hard drive and install linux on the partition. Then you have to do a dual boot so that you can run Windows and Linux. This sounds too much for my inexperience. I have also heard about running a virtual machine on which you have installed Linux. The software is from an outfit called VMWare, but it costs about $200.00. That is a bit steep for my hobby budget. I ordered a program from an outfit called Linspire. The program is called Linspire 5.0 and is supposed to run from your CD drive and does not need to be installed on your hard drive. The program is only $30 and gives you their version of Linux. I'll see how it works and post a report if anyone is interested. By the way, in reference to the posting about GrADS, I have a version that runs under Windows from Angel Dimitrov as part of his MeteOS demo software. I got it to run well enough, but the scripting and programs to convert GRIB files to GrADS is daunting or not available. If anyone has done this successfully, I would very much like to know.

Carl Sidor

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 4:23 am
by britbob
Hey Carl,

Surprisingly setting up for a dual boot is quite easy. I would definately recommend running linux from a hard drive. Don`t forget, running linux from a cdrom you will suffer serious lag compared to a HDD install, which might spoil your linux experience and possibly hamper many applications.

I decided to get another hard drive because my primary drive was too small to house two operating systems. However, just for fun I did run both windows 2000 and Fedora core 3 on the one drive for a time. You only need one partition, and that`s for your windows install. Basically you need to leave shrink your windows partition down so you have free space for linux. Most linux installers will detect the free space and partition it, finally it will configure the boot manager.

I never heard of MeteOS? What is it?

Yeah, GrADS is fun!!! It`s certainly not an overnight learning process. The mailing list has a helpful bunch onboard.