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Remote Access Instructions


To remote access into the meteorology program computers, or any computer on campus, you first have to successfully have a VPN established. The steps needed to get this done can be found here"


Install the packages below in the order listed. Make sure you uncheck the box asking to start Xming after installation. The Linux shell batch file is not an installation package, it should just be downloaded and placed on your desktop.

Edit the Linux shell batch file that is on your desktop. Change %USERNAME% to your ISU netid. For example, I would replace %USERNAME% with flory.

Once all of the packages have been installed, make sure you have a VPN session established and double click on the Linux shell batch file. This should behave in a similar manner as in the meteorology program computer lab connecting you directly to and opening a shell window.

The password will not show up or produce *'s. Once you have entered your password, you should be logged on to our system.

If you are interested in connecting to a machine other than mtdesktop, follow the instructions located after the package links or consult the instructor.


Install XQuartz from Select 'OK' when asked if you should make it your default XServer. Once properly installed, start XQuartz and make sure it appears on your dashboard. A terminal window should open. If not, select 'Terminal' from the application menu.

Once a terminal window is open, type:

ssh -X

where username is replaced with your ISU netid. For example, I would type:

ssh -X

When prompted, type in your ISU netid password. Note, the password will not show up or produce *'s. Once you have entered your password, you should be logged on to our system.

Printing on the Meteorology Maproom (3008) Laser Printer

Students should be able to print on the the meteorology maproom laser printer (3008 Agronomy Hall) using the command nenscript. To do this, you need to be logged into and in the directory where you file exists (not necessary, but the easiest approach). Once there, type the following from the command prompt:

nenscript filename

For example:

nenscript my_program.f90

will create a printout of my_program.f90 on the printer in 3008 Agronomy Hall. Printing will cost $0.05 per sheet. Charges should automatically be applied to your printing subsidy. Once your subsidy runs out, charges will appear on your Ubill.

Weather News

Daily Weather Story

Click the image to see the most recent NWS weather story for central Iowa.

Low on Ice

How does the current sea ice extent compare to the past?

5-Day QPF

Where is it going to rain or snow in the next week? See the five day QPF from HPC.

Drought Monitor

How this outlook impacts the current drought situation? See the latest drought monitor.

Important Dates

September 6: University Holiday - No Class
November 22-26: Thanksgiving break
December 6: Senior Research Symposium
Tentative Final Exam Date: Thursday, December 16, 9:45-11:45am.