GRLevelX Tools

Last Update: January 28, 2017

New Looping Placefiles!

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REFERENCE

GR2Analyst 1.xx Setup Presentation
(outdated but potentially useful for novice users)

DYNAMIC PLACEFILES

The following METAR placefiles were developed from the ground up with operational meteorology and storm chasing in mind. These placefiles are unique for many reasons, such as plotting weather conditions, wind speed/direction and peak wind gusts using custom designed icons and an experience-based METAR decoding logic that highlights significant weather in a highly intuitive and user-friendly manner. Click HERE for a legend.

To use the following dynamic placefiles, simply copy the link and then paste it into the placefile manager in GRLevelX.
There is no guarantee that the placefiles will always be available or that the data displayed will always be up-to-date and/or correct. These placefiles are in continual development and thus are subject to change at any time.

NOTE: LOOPING PLACEFILES REQUIRE GR2Analyst (v2.60 Beta3 OR HIGHER).

*NEW* LOOPING PLACEFILES
Full METAR Plot (Dewpoint/Altimeter Color-Enhanced)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_fullobs.php
Minimal METAR Plot (Reduces Screen Clutter)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_obs.php
Aviation METAR Plot (Color-Coded Ceiling/Visibility)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_aviation.php
Wind Barb Plot (Color-Coded Wind Barbs)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_wind.php
Wind Vector Plot (Dewpoint Color-Coded)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_vector.php
Ceiling & Visibility Plot (Aviation)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_aviation.php
Dewpoint Plot (Color Enhanced Dewpoints)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_Td.php
Temperature Plot (Color Enhanced Temps)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_Tf.php
Weather Plot (Icons plot only when wx is reported)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_wx.php
Pressure Plot (Color-coded MSLP plot in millibars)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_p.php
Wind/Pressure Plot (Same as above + wind barb)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_pwind.php
1-HR Precip (OHP) Plot (METAR "P" GROUP)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/loop_ohp.php

NWS/FAA METAR
Full METAR Plot (Dewpoint/Altimeter Color-Enhanced)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fullobs.php
Full METAR Plot (Dewpoint Only Color-Enhanced)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fullobs2.php
Classic METAR Plot (No Color)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/classic.php
Minimal METAR Plot (Reduces Screen Clutter)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/obs.php
Ceiling & Visibility Plot (Aviation)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/aviation.php
NDBC Buoy/Ship Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/buoyobs.php

SINGLE VARIABLE PLOTS
Tip: Load any single variable (T, Td, Tw, WC, Tdd, etc.) with the Wind Barb Plot to produce novel combinations useful in analyzing a wide variety of hazardous weather environments.
Wind Barb Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wind.php
Wind Gust Plot (knots)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/WG.php
Temperature Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/Tf.php
Dewpoint Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/Td.php
Wetbulb Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/Tw.php
Wind Chill Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/WC.php
Heat Index Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/heat.php
Weather Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wx.php
Dewpoint Depression Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/Tdd.php
Altimeter/Pressure Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/P.php
Relative Humidity (%RH) Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/RH.php
Visibility (SM) Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vis.php
1-HR Precipitation Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ohp.php

AHPS RIVER GAUGE SITES
AHPS River Site Plot (Colorized according to Flood Stage)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ahps.php

NWS CWA BORDERS
NWS WFO CWA Borders (add 3-letter nws wfo id to end)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/cwa.php?nws=
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/cwa.php?nws=rah

NWS/FAA METAR (SPECIALIZED)
Fire Weather SA Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fire_wx.php
Wind Vector Dewpoint Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector.php
Wind Vector Theta-E Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector2.php
Wind Vector Altimeter Plot
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/vector3.php
Full METAR Plot (Dewpoint color scheme)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/metars.php?ver=0
Full METAR Plot (Theta-E color scheme)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/metars.php?ver=1

NWS/FAA METAR BY STATE (OLD SCHOOL PLOT)
Full State METAR Plot (XX=State Abbreviation)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fullmetar.php?state=XX
Minimal State METAR Plot (XX=State Abbreviation)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/metar.php?state=XX

MESONETS
OK Mesonet Plot (Full)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ok_full.php
OK Mesonet Plot (Minimal)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ok.php
West Texas Mesonet Plot (Full)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/west_tx_full.php
West Texas Mesonet Plot (Minimal)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/west_tx.php
KY Mesonet Plot (Full)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ky_full.php
KY Mesonet Plot (Minimal)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/ky.php

SPC OUTLOOKS
SPC Day 1 Convective Outlook
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/day1.php
SPC Day 2 Convective Outlook
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/day2.php
SPC Day 3 Convective Outlook
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/day3.php
SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fwo1.php
SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/fwo2.php

WPC OUTLOOKS
WPC Day 1 QPF (Liquid Precipitation) Forecast
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_day1.php
WPC Day 2 QPF (Liquid Precipitation) Forecast
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_day2.php
WPC Day 3 QPF (Liquid Precipitation) Forecast
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_day3.php
WPC Day 1-2 (48-hr) QPF (Liquid Precipitation) Forecast
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_48hr.php
WPC Day 1-3 (72-hr) QPF (Liquid Precipitation) Forecast
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/wpc_72hr.php

TEXT-BASED MOS GUIDANCE
GFS LAMP Guidance (Hourly)
http://placefiles.redteamwx.com/LAMP.php

GRLevelX Color Curves and Icons

Custom Color Curves and Icons for GRLevelX and PYKL3 Software

Icons
Custom Hail Icons
Custom NMD Icons
Custom TVS Icons

Reflectivity Color Curves
Reflectivity Color Curve - GREarth
Reflectivity Color Curve - GR3/GR2(A) version 1.x
Reflectivity Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Reflectivity Color Curve - PYKL3

Velocity/SRM Color Curves
Velocity/SRM Color Curve - GR3/GR2(A) version 1.x
Enhanced Velocity Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Storm/Clear Velocity Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Enhanced SRM Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Storm/Clear SRM Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Velocity Color Curve - PYKL3

VIL Color Curves
VIL Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 1.x
VIL Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x

Echo Top Color Curves
Echo Top Color Curve - GR2A version 1.x
Echo Top Color Curve - GR3 version 1.x
Echo Top Color Curve - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Echo Top Color Curve - PYKL3

OHP/THP Color Curves
1-HR/3-HR Precip Color Curve - GR3 version 1.x
1-HR/3-HR Precip Color Curve - GR3 version 2.x
1-HR/3-HR Precip Color Curve - PYKL3

STP Color Curves
STP Color Curve - GR3 version 1.x
STP Color Curve - GR3 version 2.x
STP Color Curve - PYKL3

Dual Pol Color Curves
Correlation Coefficient (CC) - GR2A version 1.x
Correlation Coefficient (CC) - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Correlation Coefficient (CC) - PYKL3
Differential Reflectivity (ZDR) - GR2A version 1.x
Differential Reflectivity (ZDR) - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Differential Reflectivity (ZDR) - PYKL3
Specific Differential Phase (KDP) - GR2A version 1.x
Specific Differential Phase (KDP) - GR3/GR2A version 2.x
Specific Differential Phase (KDP) - PYKL3
Standard Differential Phase (PHI) - GR2A version 1.x

GREarth Color Curve/Tables

Custom Color Curves and Contour Tables for GREarth
Satellite WV (CIMMS)
Satellite WV (RAMSDIS)
Satellite WV (ALTERNATE)
Satellite IR (1)
Satellite IR (2)
Satellite VIS (REVERSE)
500 mb Vorticity
2-Meter Temperature (Mesoanalysis Fill)
2-Meter Temperature (Contour Table for Model Overlay)
2-Meter Dewpoint (Mesoanalysis Fill)
850 mb Temperature (Mesoanalysis Fill)
850 mb Temperature (Contour Table for Model Overlay)
850 mb Dewpoint (Mesoanalysis Fill)
700 mb Temperature (Mesoanalysis Fill)
SBCAPE (Mesoanalysis Fill)
MLCAPE (Mesoanalysis Fill)
MLCAPE HSLC (Mesoanalysis Fill)
MUCAPE (Mesoanalysis Fill)
SBCIN (Mesoanalysis Fill)
MLCIN (Mesoanalysis Fill)
MUCIN (Mesoanalysis Fill)
0-1km SRH (Mesoanalysis Fill)
ESRH (Mesoanalysis Fill)
EBWD (Mesoanalysis Fill)
SCP (Mesoanalysis Fill)
STP (Mesoanalysis Fill)

GREarth Custom Wind Barb Icons
10m Wind Barb Icon Set
(save as-is to "GRLevelX\GREarth\mesoanalysis")
850 mb Wind Barb Icon Set
(save as-is to "GRLevelX\GREarth\mesoanalysis")
700 mb Wind Barb Icon Set
(save as-is to "GRLevelX\GREarth\mesoanalysis")
500 mb Wind Barb Icon Set
(save as-is to "GRLevelX\GREarth\mesoanalysis")
300 mb Wind Barb Icon Set
(save as-is to "GRLevelX\GREarth\mesoanalysis")

Backgrounds

(1) Right-click, (2) Save link as (Save Anywhere)
(3) In GRLevelX v1.XX: GIS->Settings->Background...
(4) Select Downloaded Map (5) Enter Coordinates

CONUS TOPOGRAPHIC MAP

Longitude: From -126 To -66
Latitude: From 24 To 50

NWS RAH CWA HIGH-RES TOPOGRAPHY

Longitude: From -81.981 To -76.407
Latitude: From 34.017 To 37.012

Shapefiles

CONUS Rivers and Lakes
The CONUS Rivers and Lakes zip archive contains all of the files (.shp .dbf .shx .sty) necessary for plotting rivers and lakes across the Continental US.

To load in GRLevelX, click on GIS->LOAD SHAPEFILE and then select the conus_rivers_lakes .shp and .sty files from the appropriate directory (where you unzipped conus_rivers_lakes.zip.

Tip: Load the AHPS river gauge placefile with the CONUS rivers and lakes shapefile for a better understanding of the hydrology in your area.

2010 Tiger ESRI Road Shapefiles by State
Incredibly accurate and extremely detailed road shapefiles for GRLevelX. They even display dirt roads! Storm chasers, these are a must have, especially when using GPS with GRLevelX.

Disclaimer: Always keep alternative routes in mind, especially when travelling on dirt roads. Red Team found this out the hard way when a dirt-road escape route turned into a dead-end, leaving us uncomfortably exposed as a nasty supercell bared down on our position, a flat, featureless, barren location in central TX.

"But.. it was on the map? Tough !@#$, think fast!"

These took a lot of work, i.e. downloading road shapefiles for every county of every state and compiling them into discrete state-based files. If you prefer to avoid the tedious nightmare of county-based shapefiles, download the zip file for the state(s) listed below, then unzip the contents into a folder (preferably your GRLevelX folder) and then add the .SHP file and .STY file via the GIS/Load Shapefile menu in GRLevelX.

Canadian Provinces/Territories
Alaska
Alabama
Arkansas
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
Nevada
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
West Virginia
Wyoming