Hi Everybody (especially those of you with snow on the ground!),
I’m eager to test the new snow remembering routine. I’m a bit frustrated at the mment because I “braved” the ice and snow twice yesterday to the school, where the weather station and the computer that does my “official” forecasts is located, to get it set up on there. First, it failed due to the bug in 12.8.3. Now today, it’s not as bad, because at least there’s still snow on the ground in the forecast, but it’s not changing. It’s not melting much (still below freezing) but it should be coming down a couple tenths of an inch per forecast anyway (sunshine will reduce snow cover somewhat even with air below freezing).
On the other hand, all my testing here, doing manual auto runs and manually changing time stamps in localdat.txt or METAR data, shows the feature working perfectly. I’m hoping I just forgot to leave the check box activated on the school computer. (Obviously, remote access to the computer would be ideal, but I haven’t set that up - I need to check into that).
If any of you have snow on the ground, or are expecting snow to accumulate during a forecast, can you test this? Again, in 12.8.4 you will find the check box under Preferences/Settings (and the tab that mentions ‘snow’). I suggest using output menu option #4 in WXSIM, which includes snow depth. Enter initial snow depth at lower right on the main data entry form. Then make sure the new feature is checked. It’s best to run a forecast first so that there’s snow data to read next time … or you can just wait for the second forecast to expect it to ‘kick in’.
Here’s what you should see: say you run a forecast every 2 hours and your first forecast is at 1200, and you put 4 inches of snow on the ground. This forecast has the snow melting so that by 1400, there’s 3.7 inches. Your 1400 forecast should start with 3.7 inches, and continue the melting. You might see the 1600 forecast start with 3.4. Say that forecast predicts snowfall so that by 1800, the snow is predicted to be back up to 4.5 inches by 2000. The 2000 forecast should then start with 4.5 inches. That’s how it’s SUPPOSED to work!
Thanks for any feedback you can give!