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# What's coming in the next release of NCL

The next release of NCL will be version 6.5.0, as we are going to include the much requested "elseif" construct to go with NCL's "if" and "end if" statements.

We will be announcing another new major feature soon. Stay tuned!

We're hoping for a release date of winter 2018.

- New functions
- New "elseif" statement added
- New resources
- New color table added
- Graphics enhancements
- Function and procedure bugs fixed
- Graphics bugs fixed
- Other bugs fixed

**New Functions**

**exponential_curve_fit**- Calculates the coefficients for a simple exponential curve fit of the form ' y = A***exp**(B*x)' using least squares.**keyword_values**- Read a text file that contains keywords and associated values (similar to fortran NAMELIST).**regline_weight**- Calculates the linear regression coefficient between two series where the dependent (y) variable's values are weighted by some measure of uncertainty (typically, standard deviations) such that the Chi-square goodness-of-fit is minimized.**refevt_hamon**- Use the Hamon formulation to derive reference evapotranspiration.**str_match_bool**/**str_match_bool_ic**- Returns logical array of True/False/Missing indicating where the input array of strings contain the given substring.<<<<<<< HEAD

**simple_legend_ndc**- Creates a legend in NDC space based on user supplied resources. Similarly to**simple_legend**,**simple_legend_ndc**gives the user complete control over the design and placement of the legend, and can be seen as an easier way to create legends in NCL.**unwrap_phase**- Unwrap (correct) phase angles to produce smoother phase plots.

**New "elseif" statement added**

This version will have the long-requested "elseif" statement!

The old way of using "else if" required you to have an "end if" for every "else if" statement:

a = 5 if (a.eq.1) then a = a + 1 else if (a.eq.2) then a = a + 2 else if (a.eq.3) then a = a + 3 else if (a.eq.5) then a = a + 5 else a = -1 end if end if end if end if print("a = " + a)

The new way, with the use of "elseif" (no spaces) looks like this:

a = 5 if (a.eq.1) then a = a + 1 elseif (a.eq.2) then a = a + 2 elseif (a.eq.3) then a = a + 3 elseif (a.eq.5) then a = a + 5 else a = -1 end if print("a = " + a)

The old way will still work, and both codes above should return:

a = 10

**New resources**

- gsnShadeFillDotSizeF - allows you to
set the dot size if you are using stippling fill when
calling
**gsn_contour_shade**. - gsnShadeFillScaleF / gsnShadeFillScales - allows you to set
the fill scales for pattern fill when
calling
**gsn_contour_shade**.See example "wavelet_3.ncl" on the Contour effects page.

*tmGridDrawOrder*- Allows you to control the draw order for the tick mark grid lines.See example "leg_650_10.ncl" on the Legends page.

**New color table added**

The srip_reanalysis colormap, selected by the SPARC reanalysis intercomparison project group for reanalysis comparisons, was added to the NCL distribution.

The group carefully selected colors so that groups of reanalyses worked well and so colorblind people could use it. The idea is that papers will have these colors for time-series comparisons. Thanks to Cathy Smith (NOAA/ESRL PSD and CU CIRES) for bringing it to our attention.

**Graphics enhancements**

**get_color_index**/**get_color_rgba**- these functions were enhanced to allow the 3rd argument to be an array of values. This can signficantly speed up the routines if you have a lot of calls to these functions.See example table_8.ncl.

**Function and procedure bugs fixed**

**bin_avg**- This function expects equal grid spacing for the destination grid. The internal test required exact spacing. However, some grid spacing led to round-off errors which caused the test to fail. More robust testing was used to address this issue.**calculate_daily_values**/**calculate_monthly_values**/**calculate_segment_values**- The documentation for each function has been updated to clarify the supported data structures. The**calculate_daily_values**/**calculate_monthly_values**now support 5-dimensional structures of the form: (ncase,time,level,lat,lon) and (time,ncase,level,lat,lon).**cd_calendar**/**cd_string**- these two functions now allow the "calendar" attribute to be any case ("julian", "JULIAN", "Julian", etc)**get_isolines**- This function was not correctly checking for out-of-bounds conditions and sometimes returned non-sensical values.**natgrid_Wrap**- This function was not correctly attaching the coordinate arrays to the return variable (it had the rightmost two dimensions swapped).**product**- This function now allows types int64, uint, and uint64 to be input.**ut_string_fix**- This function was not calling**ut_calendar_fix**under the hood, and thus it still had the infamous "60 second" bug.

**Graphics bugs fixed**

*cnLineLabelFormat*- Fixed a bug that caused this resource to not be recognized by the gsn_csm contouring routines.**gsn_add_text**/**gsn_create_text**/**gsn_text**/**gsn_text_ndc**- Fixed a bug in which missing text strings would show up on the plot as whatever the missing value was for that string.*gsnYRefLine*/*gsnXRefLine*- Fixed a bug where if you are adding a different number of X and Y reference lines to a plot via these two resources, then you may get a fatal error:fatal:Number of dimensions on right hand side do not match number of dimension in left hand side fatal:["Execute.c":8640]:Execute: Error occurred at or near line 6014 in file /usr/local/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_csm.ncl

If you need a fix for this problem, download this gsn_csm_640_fix.ncl file and load it from your own script after any other load commands.

**gsn_add_polyline**/**gsn_polyline**- Fixed a bug in which NCL was not always drawing the shortest path
between two points on a map.
- Fixed a bug in which the lines wouldn't be drawn correctly if the
precision exceeded that which could be represented by a float.

- Fixed a bug in which NCL was not always drawing the shortest path
between two points on a map.
**gsn_panel**/*gsnPanelLabelBar*Fixed a bug where if you are running a script that calls**gsn_panel**to panel XY plots**and**setting*gsnPanelLabelBar*to True, then you would get a fatal error:fatal:Variable (mono_fill_scl) is undefined fatal:["Execute.c":8640]:Execute: Error occurred at or near line 6100 \ in file $NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl

The

*gsnPanelLabelBar*resource cannot be applied to XY plots anyway, so the solution is to simply not set this resource. In the next release, NCL will produce a warning instead of exiting with an error.

**Other bugs fixed**

- ncl_convert2nc
- Fixed a bug where this script would not work properly if you give it
more than two files. This bug has been fixed. If you need the fix
now, you can download this
new version of ncl_convert2nc.