Central to the new lab facility is a display wall consisting of fifteen flat panel LCD screens arranged in a 5x3 array. Intended to dislay discrete images rather than a single composite image, these are an electronic version of the rows of paper maps once central to a synoptic lab. The displays feature a wide variety of meteorological analysis, plots, maps, images and forecasts. Each can be customized and animated. A default configuration of images of general weather interest, (current radar, satellite, surface obs, etc) is normally presented. A touch panel screen in front of the array allows a user to switch into alternate predefined configurations for forecasting, severe weather monitoring and so forth. For further customization, a more advanced user can individually customize each display on the fly including the ability to derive fields by using the touch screen menus and save their preferences for later use.
The preprint text addresses the construction of this system, including the components and configuration used and the customized software developed to operate this system.