FAQ: General WES
The WES provides case playback and simulation capabilities from archived AWIPS data. WES contains two major pieces: the Linux version of AWIPS and software developed by CIMMS/ WDTB. WES is effectively a data pump and a training interface for AWIPS.
CIMMS is the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
NWS customers automatically receive installation DVDs.
Other interested NWS collaborators should contact Dan McKemy at to request a copy. We are required to track WES distribution and these e-mail requests help us complete this task. We will also use your e-mail to notify you of changes to WES.
The WES can run on many distributions of Linux (RHE3, RHE4, Redhat9.0, etc.), though the official testing is done on machines closest to the AWIPS baseline in each build. For AWIPS OB7.2 (WES7.2) and later builds, the Linux distribution is Redhat Enterprise 4. Prior to WES7.2, it was Redhat Enterprise Linux 3. See requirements in chapter 2 of the installation instructions for more detail. If there are problems with the other Linux distributions, we will include that information on this FAQ.
It's pretty easy. Follow the Install Instructions provided with the WES DVD. If you do not have a copy, refer to the Quick Reference menus on the WES homepage to search by WES version.
Additional Helpful Information:
To view the WDTB AWIPS info page, follow this link: WDTB AWIPS info.
WES support is handled through the WES info list. Please go follow these instructions to sign up for the WES info list.