Bufkit Data Distribution System
Welcome to the Bufkit Data Distribution System!
This system provides real-time data for the National Weather Service's
available for the NAM, GFS and RUC models for locations
around the world. The
concept for this site developed out of a need for a project to be the focus
of the "Applications of Computers to Meteorology" class in the Department
of Meteorology at Penn State. The work to create this site both on the
surface and behind the scenes was a combined effort of Dr. George Young,
professor of meteorology, Joe Koval, former master's degree student in
meteorology, and the members of the Meteo 473 class of Spring 2000.
The package is currently maintained and enhanced on a time-available basis by
at Penn State.
NOTE - May 14, 2004: GFS model data was added to the suite. Also,
methods used to calculate the LCL/LFC/EL and convective indices were modified
to match more closely results produced by the U.S. National Weather Service.
A number of bugs in the package were fixed as well. RUC data were also added a couple
of weeks after this note.
NOTE - August 3, 2005: RUC hourly data were added to the suite. Previously,
RUC data were only posted at 0, 6, 12, and 18Z.
How to save and use files from the selection maps above
Penn State Department of Meteorology
Academic Contact: Dr.
Operational Contact: Art Person