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Description of CODE

CODE is an algorithm development environment for the WSR-88D radar. CODE contains the software and guidance required to create the algorithm development environment on an Intel PC running Red Hat Enterprise Workstation Linux.

  • CODE provides a 'clone' of a WSR-88D Radar Product Generator on a workstation which can run existing and user-created algorithms by ingesting WSR-88D Archive level 2 data.
  • A secondary use of CODE: studying past weather events by ingesting Level 2 data obtained from the NCDC Web site and creating products for analysis.

CODE is Produced in Two Versions:

  1. National Weather Service Edition - This is the complete version of CODE. Distribution is limited to within the National Weather Service and other U.S. Government Agencies.
  2. Public Edition - This version of CODE is intended for public release. Certain proprietary software components have been removed to permit release outside the U.S. Government.

What's New

Although Red Hat 5 is the official operating system for ORPG, CentOS 5, which is free, has been tested for CODE installation. CODE users can use the CentOS system if Red Hat 5 is not available for CODE installation. CentOS can be downloaded for free from See Appendix C for the guidance of installing CentOS 5.8 in CODE guidance Volume 1.

Latest Updates

Name Date Posted Description
CODE B16.0r1.10 Public Edition New July 21, 2015 A Public Edition of CODE based upon the Build 16.0r1.10 of the ORPG
Archive 2 data sets June 27, 2013 A sample data case with SAILS and AVSET enabled (sails_avset.tar) is available for download


CODE Contact Information

All inquiries regarding CODE should be directed to:

Mr. Michael Istok
Radar Product Improvement Manager
NOAA's National Weather Service