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System updates and improvements are continually ongoing as I add datasets, ingest capabilities and web interfaces. I anticipate that you will find my collection of data access tools useful for your purposes. If you have specific requests, suggestions for utility improvements or content access and display, please drop me an email so that they can be considered for future versions. Recent improvements are listed below:

    Version 2.0.0
  • Website Server Reconfigured
    • Server changed from Windows-based ASP programs to Linux-based PHP programs for increased speed and efficiency.
    • Discussion Forum was removed because of lack of use. This was accessed entirely by spammers.
    Version 1.8.0
  • Wind Profiler Plot Tool added
    • Added new page, Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Wind Profiler Other DB Plot. Page generates a wind profiler plot of wind direction and speed range at designated vertical height intervals versus time at other reporting sites in the Northeast in other networks. Plot output can delivered as pdf file in two modes, or alternatively image png file saved by right-clicking and selecting 'save as'. Image and pdf document available for 10 minutes from server.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Wind Profiler Analyze DB History tool added
    • Added new page, Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Wind Profiler Analyze DB History. Page generates a time scale analysis of number of reported observations versus date to detect data availibility and continuity for all wind profilers in the Northeast and within the NYCMetNet reporting area. Product delivered by dowload of a csv format file.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Added Map of NYCMetNet instrument sites
    • A user-interactive zoomable location map indicating NYCMetNet specific special-purpose instrument locations supporting the research work of the ORSL at CCNY. Option for downloading a list of instrument assets, function and coordinates.
  • NYCMetNet Menu reorganized
    • Reorganized Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive and Data Access » Restricted Data » Real-Time Archive to make it easier to locate Wind Profilers and properly identify them as part of the historical archive.
  • Site Navigation Tree updated
    • Updated Documentation » Site Navigation Tree to reflect the additions and menu reorganization mentioned under Version 1.8.1.
    • Expanded the home page section to with expanded forecast descriptions and included links to forecast products that otherwise could only be found by exploring the links in those particular scrollable and hide/show sections.
    Version 1.8.0
  • Updated User Agreement
    • Documentation » User Agreement and Data Sources page replaces previous Documentation » Data Sources and Disclaimer page.
    • User Agreement added. This agreeement is identical to the agreement that you must confirm acceptance in order to use the Data Access » Restricted Data pages.
    • By using this site, you signify your agreement to these terms and conditions.
  • Discussion Forum page added.
    • Documentation » NYCMetNet Discussion Forum added for the discussion of NYCMetNet user's input, useage, operations, tips & tricks, database extraction techniques, problems and bug fixes.
    • Authorized users may post, others with approval of moderator.
  • Instrumentation Sites Map page added.
    • Site » Map » Instrument Locations added to show the location of other instruments in the NYCMetNet system.
    • Map includes metadata about the instrumentation.
    • A csv file can be generated with site locations and metadata.
    • Upgraded to incorporate Google Maps v3, from v2.
  • Shadowband MFRSR Network links added.
    • Link to the Shadowband MFRSR Network provides data access and graphical display of historical data. Raw data can be selected and downloaded.
    • Additional links point to netCDF files of both processed and raw radiometer data on the CCNY ORSL site.
    Version 1.7.10
  • Historical Database Windrose Plot page added.
    • Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Met History Windrose DB Plot Tool page added to develop a windrose plot of wind direction and intensity for a station selected from master stations list. Data for a variable selected date range period can be downloaded as pdf file, and plotted to the browser window. The pdf plots can be saved to your computer.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Historical Database Stations List page added.
    • Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Met History DB Stations List Tool page added to list stations from history master stations for each database calendar year. Station data for a selected date span period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file.
    • This is a restricted access program.
    Version 1.7.9
  • Installation of a massive historical database archive.
    • Added a new historical archive of available past data from over 866 reporting sites in and around the NYC metropolitan area. Data is archived by year, accessible from new search and retrieval reporting tools described below.
    • These are restricted access databases.
  • Historical Database Plot page added.
    • Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Met History DB Plot Tool page added to graph a single database variable for stations selected from master stations list. Data for a seven day period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file, or plotted to the browser window. Plots can be selected by right clicking for saving as a png image, if desired.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Historical Database Extraction page added.
    • Data Access » Restricted Data » History Archive » Met History DB Extraction Tool page added to extract a multiple database variables for stations selected from history master stations lists for each database calendar year. Data for a selected date span period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file.
    • This is a restricted access program.
    Version 1.7.8
  • Wind Profiler SODAR DB Plotting program added.
    • Added new page, Data Access » Restricted Data » Wind Profiler SODAR DB Plot. Page generates a wind profiler plot of wind direction and speed range at designated vertical height intervals versus time at SODAR reporting sites within the NYCMetNet reporting area. Plot output can delivered as pdf file in two modes, or alternatively image png file saved by right-clicking and selecting 'save as'. Image and pdf document available for 10 minutes from server.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Windrose Plotting program added.
    • Added new page, Data Access » Restricted Data » Met Windrose DB Plot. Page generates a polar (radial) graph of the wind speed variable for a station selected from the master stations list. Data for a user-defined period can be selected, with the resultant plot showing wind speed and directions in colored speed ranges. Data can be presented in either metric (m/s) or English units (MPH). The plot output will be shown in the browser browser window. Plots can then be sent to the browser window as a pdf file, or alternatively downloaded to your computer as a permanent record. Images may be retrieved from these documents, or alternatively, the image may be saved by by right-clicking and then selecting either 'save image as' to save it as a png file, or 'view image' to access the image alone in a new browser window. This image and also the pdf document will be available for 10 minutes on the server.
    • This is a restricted access program.
    Version 1.7.7
  • Current time clock updated.
    • Rewrote clock functions to get actual precise time from time server. Now you can set your watch to a time reference and see when your local computer time is drifting.
    • Added new UTC time display.
    • If you choose to resyncronize your local computer because you discover your computer time is incorrect, refresh or reload the webpage to display the precise time, because the local time offset was just made to be incorrect by the new update time difference.
  • Browser Compatibility page added.
    • Added new page, Documentation » Browser Compatibility. Assessment of compatible web browsers, performance and known issues.
    • System requirements for viewing the NYCMetNet website.
  • Cosmetic page update.
    • Added white background to most page areas, including backgrounds for data tables, for example this page, as modification to css sheets. However, style sheets reside on several sub-domains, and I may not have found all of the locations yet. If stylistic errors occur in Internet Explorer, please let me know since all of the IE versions require different hacks to accommodate the known IE problems. It is for this reason that the pages are written in quirks mode.
  • Microwave Radiometer page added (1 of 2).
    • Data Access » Public Data » Microwave Radiometer Data DB Access page added to download database variables recorded at CCNY. Data for a selected time period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file.
    • This is a public access program.
  • Microwave Radiometer page added (2 of 2).
    • Data Access » Public Data » Microwave Radiometer Image Library page added to show plots of liquid water, relative humidity, temperature and other variables versus altitude from data recorded at CCNY. Data for a seven day period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file. Plots can be selected by right clicking for saving as a png image, if desired.
    • This is a public access program.
    Version 1.7.6
  • Database Plot page added (1 of 2).
    • Data Access » Restricted Data » Met Raw Data DB Plot page added to graph a single database variable for stations selected from master stations list. Data for a seven day period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file, or plotted to the browser window. Plots can be selected by right clicking for saving as a png image, if desired.
    • This is a restricted access program.
  • Database Plot page added (2 of 2).
    • Data Access » Public Data » MetNet Data DB Plot page added to graph a single database variable for stations selected from NYCMetNet public stations list. Data for a seven day period can be downloaded as either a text or csv file, or plotted to the browser window. Plots can be selected by right clicking for saving as a png image, if desired.
    • This is a public access program.
    Version 1.7.5
  • Wind Barb Definition pop-up overlay added.
    • Added information popup capabilities using jQuery to Upper Air Measurements » Wind Profiler Display page.
    • Added information popup capabilities using jQuery to Upper Air Measurements » Wind Profiler Display Animate page.
  • Upper Air Measurements » Wind Profiler Display page modified.
    • Changed search and display logic so that if the chart for a selected date-time does not exist, the next prior available chart will be displayed. The correct chart date-time is written to the top of the chart.
  • Upper Air Measurements » Wind Profiler Display Animate page modified.
    • Modified program to accommodate different chart heights from different site instruments.
    • Added program access from drop-down menu.
  • Site » Map » Surface Observations page modified.
    • Added network selection boxes for AWX and AIRNow networks to network display controls.
    • Changed drop down menu name to agree with page header.
  • Wind » Map » Surface Observations page modified.
    • Added network selection boxes for AWX and AIRNow networks to network display controls.
    • Changed drop down menu name to agree with page header.
  • Security and Policies page updated.
    Version 1.7.4
  • NWS Forecast augmented.
    • Added NWS hazzard warnings and advisories for each area consisting of air-quality, fire, tornado, severe weather and costal alert information necessary for complete forecasting within these areas. This information is specially important for events that could result in health issues, property damage, or potential loss of life, and is provided for first responders, emergency preparedness units and other public agencies.
    • Forecast data is volatile and not archived.
    • Warnings and Advisories and added to the Home Page (for NYC) and also to the Forecast Conditions » NYC Extended Area webpage
    • This new hazzard information is accessed by quick links within these pages or by scrolling. Auto refresh of the Home Page always displays the latest updated hazzard information available to us.
  • NYCMetNet back-up server implemented.
    Version 1.7.3
  • Forecast Conditions » Radar Maps page.
    • Added new page to display current radar maps from stations in the Northeast CONUS sector.
    • Added map overlay control to enable or disable feature layers.
    • Added map control feature for information text.
    Version 1.7.2
  • NWS Forecast expanded.
    • Expanded NWS forecast data extraction and html generation program which runs 4 minutes after ever hour, developing forecast datasets for selected NYC areas of interest.
    • Added new Forecast Conditions » NYC Extended Area webpage to display these datasets in text and icon format for easy viewing.
    • Added link to this page from Home page Forecast for NYC section.
  • Documentation » Whats New page
    • Reversed order of system versions to place newest additions and modifications at the top.
    • Added scroll to this section to eliminate page overflow.
    • Changed » symbol to cross-browser compliancy.
  • Documentation » Data Sources and Disclaimer page
    • Added scroll to this section to eliminate page overflow.
    • Changed » symbol to cross-browser compliancy.
    Version 1.7.1
  • NWS Forecast added.
    • Added new NWS forecast data extraction and html generation program which runs 4 minutes after ever hour, developing visual and text based forecast datasets for NYC area.
  • Home page revised.
    • Multiple show/hide feature sections using jQuery for section animation.
    • Added NWS Forecast for NYC to new Home page section.
    Version 1.7.0
  • Website look and feel changed.
    • Added zip codes for displayed sites in Site Map » Surface Observations.
    • New search engine friendly hover menu system replaces drop-down select boxes.
    • Look and feel now compatible with other supporting servers.
    • Added scrollbar to Stations » Observations data table so that the data fits within the browser window
    • Vastly improved the Home Page with expandable sections and descriptive text.
  • Bug fix
    • Fixed minor bug in Site Map » Surface Observations.
    Version 1.6.4
  • NDFD Forecast added.
    • Added forecast data display of selected public stations on main page.
    • Added forecast links from main page to expanded forecasts for selected public stations.
    • Added menu link to expanded forecasts for selected public stations.
    Version 1.6.3
  • Links to database search tools added.
    • Added webpage to list and report data delivery times of public stations.
    • Added webpage to list and report data delivery times of restricted access stations.
    • Added search and retrieval webpage for public meteorological database - pending beta testing
    • Added search and retrieval webpage for restricted access meteorological database - pending beta testing
    Version 1.6.2
  • Upper-Air Measurements
    • Added data ingest capabilities for additional stations.
    • Instantiated database collection for: Rutgers, NJ (RUTNJ); Baltimore, MD (BLTMD); Stow, MA (STWMA); Egbert, ONT (CARON); Montreal, QUE (MCGQU).
    • Added Wind Profiler DB Archive restricted access for: Liberty Science Center, NJ (LSC01); Downtown, NYC (MTL01); Stevens Tech, NJ (SIT01).
    Version 1.6.1.c
  • Google Analytics
    • Added web page tracking to evaluate useful accessed content.
    • Generates web page access statistics by time and user's computer geolocation, browser version and monitor screen resolution.
    Version 1.6.1.b
  • Improved Wind » Map » Surface Observations:
    • Added capability to discover station location by reverse geocoding of site geolocation.
    • Supplied station location data for the majority of stations.
    • Added display of station zip code.  Some zip codes may be '00000' where exact location cannot be determined, an example is a site located on a government reservation, but there are still a few others where town, township, or county cannot be determined.
    Version 1.6.1.a
  • Improved Wind » Map » Surface Observations:
    • Added selection and display options by network.
    • Enabled display options for surface temperature, pressure and relative humidity as text overlays, best interpreted at high zoom levels.

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