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Current BUFKIT Version

The most recent release of BUFKIT is Version 18.4.6 published on April 6th, 2018. The key new feature of Bufkit 18 is the ability to support downloading Bufkit profiles using the HTTPS protocol.

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Introduction

BUFKIT is a forecast profile visualization and analysis tool kit. It is targeted as a training and forecast tool for the decision makers of the National Weather Service. It is also available to anyone that would like to explore very high vertical and temporal resolution model output for specific point locations.

Overview on Current Version

1. Bufkit 18 now supports downloading Bufkit profiles using the HTTPS protocol (in addition to the previous HTTP and FTP protocols).

2. Bufkit 18 can now successfully run on a computer that has the AWIPS thin client software installed.

 

3. Bufkit 18's dProg/dT mode can now dynamically create different dProg/dT displays on the fly. By displaying the Profile "Controls" panel, the user can vary the number of presented profiles (the number of dProgs) and vary the period of profile overlap (dT).

 

4. Bufkit 18 now highlights the freezing temperatures on the overview temperature display.

 

5. Bufkit 18 will no longer crash if one of the 4 user defined map areas is invoked but has not yet been defined.

 


Bufkit18 Installation

Note: You will need administration privileges to install this package.

  1. 1. If you have a previous version of Bufkit (Bufkit16 or older):
    • Back up your Bufget scripts [Optional]. What I do is click the different scripts within Bufget, highlight the script, copy (control-C) and then paste (control-V) them into a text document. Once Bufkit 17 is installed, I copy the scripts in the text document and paste them back into the new version of Bufget.
    • Uninstall the old version of Bufkit. This is Mandatory.
    2. Download the Bufkit distribution package. You can download using this link: Bufkit Download.

    3. Unzip the three files in the distribution package. Note the location of the file "Setup.exe".

    4. Run the setup program “Setup.exe”

    5. Run Bufkit18. As this is the first run, Bufkit will ask where you want your Bufkit configuration files installed.
 

Bufkit18 Upgrade from Bufkit17:

Note: You will need administration privileges to install this package.

These procedures will keep almost all of your Bufkit17 data, configurations, macros, and maps.

1. If you have a version of Bufkit17 installed:
  • Back up your Bufget scripts [Optional]. What I do is click the different scripts within Bufget, highlight the script, copy (control-C) and then paste (control-V) them into a text document. Once Bufkit 17 is installed, I copy the scripts in the text document and paste them back into the new version of Bufget.
  • Uninstall the old version of Bufkit17. This is Mandatory.

2. Download the Bufkit distribution package. You can download using this link: Bufkit Download.

3. Unzip the three files in the distribution package. Note the location of the file "Setup.exe".

4. Run the setup program “Setup.exe”

5. Run Bufkit 18. Bufkit18 will make use your you existing Bufkit configuration files.

Bufkit 18 Sample Bufget Scripts

If you want to try some of these Bufget scripts, copy the selected list into Bufget and click on one of the <Save Letter>.

# List A - Get All profiles from a selected site
Archive on

ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_kdca.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_kdca.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_kdca.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_kdca.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_kdca.buf

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_kdca.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_kdca.buf

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_oun.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_oun.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfs/gfs3_oun.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfsm/gfs3_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/RAP/rap_oun.buf

ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/SREF/sref_oun.buz
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/NAM4KM/nam4km_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/HRRR/hrrr_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/HIRESW/hiresw_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_kroc.buf

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_kbuf.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_kbuf.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfs/gfs3_kroc.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfsm/gfs3_kroc.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfs/gfs3_kbuf.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfsm/gfs3_kbuf.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_ktul.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_ktul.buf

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_oun.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/RAP/rap_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/SREF/sref_oun.buz
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/HRRR/hrrr_oun.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/NAMNEST/namnest_oun.buf

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/nam/nam_end.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/namm/namm_end.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfs/gfs3_end.buf
http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/~ckarsten/bufkit/data/gfsm/gfs3_end.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/RAP/rap_end.buf

ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/SREF/sref_end.buz
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/HRRR/hrrr_end.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/NAMNEST/namnest_end.buf
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# List F Formula One Forecast Locations

archive

#2 Bahrain Grand Prix
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_p02.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_p02.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_p02.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_p02.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_p02.buf

ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_otbd.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_otbd.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_otbd.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_otbd.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_otbd.buf

#1 Melbourne, Australia
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_948660.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_948660.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_948660.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_948660.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_948660.buf

# 12 Belgian Grand Prix Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_006451.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_006451.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_006451.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_006451.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_006451.buf

#13 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_lipz.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_lipz.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_lipz.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_lipz.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_lipz.buf

#14 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_486870.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_486870.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_486870.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_486870.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_486870.buf

#15 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_wmkk.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_wmkk.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_wmkk.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_wmkk.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_wmkk.buf

#16 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_rjgg.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_rjgg.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_rjgg.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_rjgg.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_rjgg.buf

#17 United States Grand Prix United States Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/00/gfs3_kaus.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/06/gfs3_kaus.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/12/gfs3_kaus.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/18/gfs3_kaus.buf
ftp://ftp.meteo.psu.edu/pub/bufkit/GFS/gfs3_kaus.buf
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# List H HTTPS Profiles

Archive on

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/nam_maw.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/nam3km_maw.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/hrrr_maw.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/rap_maw.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/gfs_kykm.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/sref_kykm.buf

https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/nam_cqv.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/nam3km_cqv.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/hrrr_cqv.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/rap_cqv.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/gfs_cqv.buf
https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/media/otx/bufkit/sref_cqv.buf


Bufkit 17 Users

If you are only approved for use of Bufkit 17, you can still download it from our server.