[wrfems] NMM bufkit files not loading

Daniel Leins daniel.leins at noaa.gov
Thu Feb 2 16:05:49 MST 2012


List,

I'm running an NMM version of the WRF model (latest version - 
V3.2.1.5.34.beta) and am producing bufkit files. As far as I can tell 
from the logs the files are being produced properly (I'm not getting any 
errors), but I'm unable to view them in Bufkit (also latest version, 
V11) w/o it crashing.  Bufkit throws a "Run-time error 380: Invalid 
Property Value" error, then exits. I've tried to load the soundings from 
the Archive menu, but get the same error. In my Bufkit.cfg file, I have 
the nmm model listed as follows:

NMM           eta

For what it's worth, I haven't had any problems viewing ARW based Bufkit 
files using the same version of the WRF and using the same version of 
Bufkit.
I opened an ARW bufkit file in Notepad and compared it to an NMM version 
at the same site. Two things stood out:

_*ARW file:*_
STID = KPHX STNM = 722780 TIME = 120202/1800
SLAT = 33.43 SLON = -112.02 SELV = 341.0
STIM = 0

SHOW = 12.97 LIFT = 13.85 SWET = 102.47 KINX = -11.50
LCLP = 726.25 PWAT = 6.15 TOTL = 30.21 CAPE = 0.00
LCLT = 264.50 CINS = 0.00 EQLV = -9999.00 LFCT = -9999.00
BRCH = 0.00

PRES TMPC TMWC DWPC THTE DRCT SKNT OMEG
CFRL HGHT
971.10 14.24 6.10 -4.85 298.11 245.38 5.13 0.00
0.00 358.30

_*NMM file:
*_STID = KPHX STNM = 722780 TIME = 120202/1800
SLAT = 33.43 SLON = -112.01 SELV = 1803.0
STIM = 0

SHOW = -9999.00 LIFT = 8.18 SWET = -9999.00 KINX = -9999.00
LCLP = 656.62 PWAT = 4.83 TOTL = -9999.00 CAPE = 0.00
LCLT = 261.82 CINS = 0.00 EQLV = -9999.00 LFCT = -9999.00
BRCH = 0.00

PRES TMPC TMWC DWPC THTE DRCT SKNT OMEG
CFRL HGHT
812.90 5.14 -0.22 -8.61 302.90 248.04 13.00 0.00
0.00 1834.10_*

*_The station elevation is drastically different in each file. Also, the 
lowest pressure level is drastically different. Both versions of the 
model are using identical bufr_stations_dWd.txt files, so I'm unsure why 
there is such a difference.

Anyone have any insight or has anyone seen anything similar?

Thanks!
Dan Leins
WFO PSR
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