S123 'Contributions to MetPy: An Open-Source Python Package'

Sunday, 22 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Kristen Pozsonyi, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

MetPy is a Python package that is currently in its early stages of development by software developers at Unidata. This package contains a collection of tools for reading, visualizing, and performing calculations with meteorological data. There are many capabilities incorporated into MetPy that would be beneficial to anyone in the atmospheric science community, including skew T plots, station plots, numerous meteorological calculations, and even built-in support for units. Contributions made to the MetPy package while at Unidata will be presented alongside visualizations of the completed products. In addition to multiple calculations being added to this library, more complicated calculations were investigated in hopes of including them in the future. One example that was further explored was an isallobaric wind calculation. Using the calculation capabilities, we were able to create a variety of plots to include on the MetPy website, an important reference for potential users to visualize possible projects using this package. Some of the plots added include geostrophic and ageostrophic wind vectors, vorticity advection, and a GFS 12 hour forecast. Improvements were also made to the MetPy website in order to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate for users. Through these additions, MetPy will continue to develop and become an essential resource for the science community.
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