UCAR has announced the official release of the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Research [VAPOR] version 1.4. The development team has included several interesting features into the latest release. From the distribution email:
Several new features are particularly relevant to WRF users:
– VAPOR now supports 2D variables. A 2D variable can be color/transparency mapped and inserted in the 3D scene. Two-dimensional variables can be visualized on a horizontal plane or applied to the terrain.
– Support for terrain-mapped images has been improved; for example improving the appearance of isosurfaces and volume renderings that intersect the terrain surface.
– Additional support is available for analysis with WRF data, including:
Variables can be imported and exported to an IDL session, for interactive analysis.
New variables can be added to an existing dataset using various command-line tools
– Spin animation is supported to enable panoramic animations of 3D scenes.
For more info on the latest VAPOR release, check out their homepage here.