Beginning in Spring of 2011, a rewrite of SHARP began with the intent to provide most, if not all, of the functionality of SHARP in a cross-platform, non-GEMPAK dependent software package. Python was chosen for the rewrite for several reasons, including 1) ease and speed of development, 2) the growing meteorological Python community, and 3) the addition of a Python console in the forthcoming AWIPS II NOAA National Weather Service workstations.
An alpha version of this Python rewrite of SHARP, called SHARPPY, was utilized in this year's NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and NOAA Storm Prediction Center Hazardous Weather Testbed Experimental Forecast Program. SHARPPY was used to compute thermodynamic information from 1146 model points, for 18 members of the 4-km Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms' Storm Scale Ensemble, for all 36 forecast hours. This talk highlights the current status of SHARPPY, how SHARPPY was used in the Hazardous Weather Testbed in 2011, and a general roadmap forward to establishing community supported sounding analysis software package.