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Stormy weather pattern for the Western U.S. this week

A series of Pacific weather systems will bring several rounds of precipitation and wind to the western U.S. this week. Several inches of rain could fall in portions of WA, OR and CA, especially in the coastal ranges and foothills. Snow is forecast in the higher mountains. In addition, winds will be strong, especially in mountainous areas, which could pose a hazard to high-profile vehicles. Read More >

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 NCEI web site (formerly NCDC) 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 B17.0r1.13 Public Edition New September 15, 2016 A Public Edition of CODE based upon Build 17.0r1.13 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