Current BUFKIT Version

The most recent release of BUFKIT is Version 17. This version was released on August 1, 2017.

Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer



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.

BUFKIT provides support for ensemble means, access to profiles with missing data fields (e.g. 4km NAM), and exporting forecast profiles into AWIPS2.

Overview on Current Version

Bufkit 15.11 is an updated release providing the capability to visualize the new 27-member SREFs forecast profiles from both NWS and university sites..These new SREF profiles are available using the October 2015 release of bufrgruven and selected non-NWS Bufkit data sites.

You will need administration privileges to install this package.

Bufkit 15.11 is a short-fused release designed to address the structure of the expanded SREF ensemble and lagged profiles. If you run into errors please e-mail the WDTD webmaster with a description of the problem and its circumstances.Our goal is to produce a robust release with you input.


Download and Install

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

1) If you install on a PC that has never run Bufkit before, just perform a standard install by running the program "Setup.exe" and run BUFKIT/BUFGET.
2) If you install on a PC that currently has BUFKIT installed:

  • Uninstall the previous version of BUFKIT (this step is very important!)
  • Install this version by running the unzipped program "Setup.exe"
  • Run BUFKIT and BUFGET.
  • Use the “Training” button to access the BUFKIT training videos.

Bufkit Specifics:

  1. Interpolating/extrapolating missing data

  2. If a profile is missing a few data fields at a specific forecast hour, Bufkit will attempt to interpolate (or extrapolate) the missing fields. This allows Bufkit to plot model profiles previously undisplayable such as the 4km NAM.
    Example display where missing data are interpolated in BUFKIT 12

  3. Exporting to AWIPS-2

  4. Bufkit can export a Bufkit forecast profile for a specific forecast hour into AWIPS-2. Just press the “Export” button (under the “Control Panel”) and the display forecast profile is exported to a “.nsp” file that the AWIPS-2 sounding tool can import.
    Example of window used to export BUFKIT profiles into AWIPS-2
    Screen Shot of Export button
    Windows Explorer window with exported AWIPS-2 files

  5. Ensemble Means

  6. Bufkit supports ensemble mean visualization available for SREF Bufkit profiles generated at NWS forecast offices. All Bufkit displays can be used with the ensemble mean (e.g. see the ensemble mean hodograph at the top of this page).
    Example plot of ensemble members with ensemble mean plotted in a different color
    Time-Height plot showing individual ensemble members with ensemble mean highlighted as a bolder curve

  7. Bufget can now archive ensemble profiles

  8. The Bufget profile download application can now archive compressed ensemble profiles.
    Example display showing SREF profiles available in BUFKIT for archiving

  9. User-define Overview time scale

  10. The “Set Up Panel” now allows the user to define the 4 time scales on the Overview display by model type. You can access this option by clicking on the “Scale Extension” check box under the “Advanced Options.”
    Displaying showing four configured time scales in Set Up Panel for several different models

  11. SE Linux Support

  12. In additional to standard Linux support using WINE, Bufkit 12 can now run in those Linux distributions that has Security Enhanced Linux installed.
  13. Storm Motion Calculations

  14. The storm motion calculations no longer use pressure weighting to calculate mean storm motion. The change allows for better compatibility with published techniques.

Previous Available Versions

Bufkit 11: Some users are still using this older version for various reasons.

Bufkit 13: Some military users are only approved to use version 13 of Bufkit.


NWS staff can contact me via e-mail: E-mail address for Ed Mahoney