After following the Installation using pip guide, go to your installation directory and activate your virtualenv:

source .env/bin/activate

Alternatively, if you used the second Installation using conda guide, activate your env:

source activate stormtracks

Make sure that stormtracks_settings.py has sensible values for the various data directories, and that you have at least 14GB of free disk space. Download 20CR 2005 data and all IBTrACS data, process and analyse 2005. Processing should take around 20 mins, analysis around 2s.

python download_2005.py
python process_2005.py
python analyse_2005.py

If everything has worked, you should see output similar to the following after the last command:

(.env)user@machine ~/stormtracks/dev $ python analyse_2005.py
vort850, max_ws, pmin, t850
tp: 14
tn: 789334
fp: 3
fn: 9954
sens: 0.00140449438202
ppv : 0.823529411765
sens*ppv : 0.00115664243225
Analysed 2005 in 0:00:01.596812

What to do now

Open an ipython shell, and experiment with the three scripts above:

(.env)user@machine ~/stormtracks/dev $ ipython
Python 2.7.6
Type "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

IPython 3.2.1 -- An enhanced Interactive Python.
?         -> Introduction and overview of IPython's features.
%quickref -> Quick reference.
help      -> Python's own help system.
object?   -> Details about 'object', use 'object??' for extra details.

In [1]: from stormtracks.c20data import C20Data

In [2]: c20data = C20Data(2005)
2015-08-07 13:48:31,962:st.find_vortmax:INFO    : C20Data: year=2005, version=v1
2015-08-07 13:48:31,963:st.find_vortmax:INFO    : Using: u9950, v9950, u850, v850, prmsl, t9950, t850, cape, pwat

In [3]: print c20data.fields
['u9950', 'v9950', 'u850', 'v850', 'prmsl', 't9950', 't850', 'cape', 'pwat']

In [4]: print(c20data.prmsl.shape)
(56, 91, 180)

In [5]: c20data.next_date()
Out[5]: datetime.datetime(2005, 1, 1, 6, 0)