User’s Guide

Foreword: A note to METplotpy users

This User’s Guide is provided as an aid to users of METplotpy. METplotpy contains packages for plotting in METplus as stand-alone, or part of METplus use case, METplus wrappers, METexpress, or METviewer. It is also a component of the unified METplus verification framework. More details about METplus can be found on the METplus website.

It is important to note here that METplotpy is an evolving software package. This documentation describes the 2.1.0 release dated 2023-08-01. Intermediate releases may include bug fixes. METplotpy is also able to accept new modules contributed by the community. If there is code you would like to contribute, we will gladly consider your contribution. Please create a post in the METplus GitHub Discussions Forum. We will determine if we will be able to include the contribution in a future version.

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The citation for this User’s Guide should be:

Fisher, H., D. Adriaansen, C. Kalb, D. Fillmore, T. Jensen, L. Goodrich, M. Win-Gildenmeister and T. Burek, 2023: The METplotpy Version 2.1.0 User’s Guide. Developmental Testbed Center. Available here.


We thank all of the METplus sponsors including: Developmental Testbed Center (DTC) partners (NOAA, NCAR, USAF, and NSF), along with NOAA/Office of Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOAA/National Weather Service, NOAA/Joint Technology Transfer Program (JTTI), NOAA/Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S) Project, NOAA/Unified Forecast System Research to Operations Project (UFS R2O), Met Office and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Thanks also go to the staff at the DTC for their help, advice, and many types of support. Finally, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), sponsored by National Science Foundation.

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