AWIPS Applications Modules

Examples of data applicable to Atmospheric Science courses. Main 4-panel from upper left to lower-right: experimental GOES-16 visible satellite, experimental GOES-16 mid-level water vapor overlayed with MRMS 0.5km composite reflectivity mosaic, HRRR 850 hPa heights, geostrophic wind barbs (pink), ageostrophic wind barbs (green), relative humidity (shaded), GFS 925 hPa Q Vectors. [click image to enlarge]

These AWIPS Applications Modules are primarily short, how-to video modules. These modules are not intended to replace concepts learned in the classroom (including courses such as: Dynamics I and II, Remote Sensing, and Analysis & Forecasting), but rather as reference material to facilitate the application of these concepts using real-world, real-time observations, remote sensing, and model data.

Table of Contents

Getting Started

The user side of AWIPS (the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System) is called CAVE, the Common AWIPS Visualization Environment. The acronyms AWIPS and CAVE may be used interchangeably or together. They are usually referring to the same user interface. While AWIPS CAVE is installed on Windows in ASAC 315 and the Weather Center, the latest version 17.1.1, including support for new GOES-16 data, is only available on Linux.

Run CAVE from the menu Applications > Internet > AWIPS CAVE, or from the command line (Terminal), type:  cave and press enter.

There are several excellent online manuals to get started with AWIPS CAVE, all including screenshots:

Geostrophic Wind

Ageostrophic Wind

Thermal Wind

Time Tendency Vorticity

Vertical Motion

Quasi-Geostrophic Equation

Trenberth form of QG-Omega Equation

Geopotential Height Tendency


Potential Vorticity