It took until the end of the week to think of trying this, but it turns out that the AWIPS cross section tool works with gridded NUCAPS (and it turns out some folks have already been using it). Mainly this suggests the usefulness of gridded NUCAPS at spatially comparing many sounding points (rather than the somewhat klunkly process of loading many soundings into NSHARP).
Here’s the cross section used to sample the ~1730Z NOAA20 NUCAPS soundings (lineB). Initially I thought the cross section would actually interpolate the 7 sounding points, but later I realized that the griddedNUCAPS would be sampled across the lineB.
The AWIPS volume browser (in cross section mode) allowed me to select griddednucaps as the source, and then both native and several derived parameters for display, and then of course the baseline (i.e. lineB) along which to calculate the cross section.
The main challenge with this workflow is knowing to find the exact time where your griddedNUCAPS is valid. I loaded up griddedNUCAPS in a regular D2D panel to see that it was valid at 1730Z, then I increased the framecount of my cross section enough to allow me to step back in time to that point. Then, voila… I was able to plot images and/or contours across the line I’d drawn on the map.
Above: Cross-section of griddednucaps over ~7 sounding points, showing dewpoint as both image and contour
Above: Cross-section of griddednucaps over ~7 sounding points, showing dewpoint as image and lapse-rate as contour
Above: Cross-section of griddednucaps over ~7 sounding points, showing Temperature as image and relative humidity as contour
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