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F5Data Video Tutorials
Part 1: Introduction to F5
  • What is F5?
  • Who uses it?
  • What does it do?
  • What features does it have?

Part 2: The Menu

  • How to control the software
  • Basic introduction to using F5 and its features

Part 3: Navigation

  • Zooming
  • Panning
  • Clearing Maps
  • Refreshing
  • Advancing/Going back in time
  • Status bar
  • Setting 'Home'

Part 4: Your First Map

  • Shaded Maps
  • Shaded maps with outline 'highlights'
  • Display map with labels
  • Plot values only
  • Contoured maps with no shading
  • How to read the label at the bottom of the map
  • Clearing a map
  • Auto-Refresh

Part 5: Multiple Layered Map

  • How to overlay several maps onto one
  • Examples:
    • How to find the dryline
    • Plotting wind barbs on wind speed map for a jet stream composite

Part 6: Standard Overlays

  • Setting background colors
  • Changing the transparency of a layer
  • Setting line color and width
  • Overlaying roads and road names
  • Overlaying counties and county names

Part 7: Terrain
  • How to set up a terrain background
  • Selecting your own background image

Part 8: Animations

  • How to load an animation
  • Constraining the animation
  • How to optimize the animation speed

Part 9: Nowcasting

  • Warnings
  • Radar
  • Satellite
  • Hurricanes

Part 10: Forecast Soundings

  • How to draw a sounding
  • Roaming the forecast grid
  • Viewing textual sounding data (point forecasts)

Part 11: Server Mode & Schedules

  • How to design an automated map creation
  • Setting it to upload to your web site
  • Adding and Removing scheduled items

Part 12: Historical Data

  • Viewing historical data
  • Submitting a new date to view

Part 13: Other Functions

  • Saving Images
  • Locating a city or county in the U.S.
  • Map style options

Part 14: Real world use

  • Watch me use F5 to make a real severe weather forecast

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