gribr has been updated to version 1.2.0. The biggest change is a move to using ecCodes exclusively as the underlying GRIB interface. This move was done to align with the ECMWF and their commitment to only developing the GRIB API within ecCodes and not as a separate library. All in all, this should make gribr more future-proof and reduce development workload. A few bugs were also fixed with this release. You can get the package here.
As development on the Python basemap packages continues to slow, the time came for me to get familiar with what looks to be its replacement, the cartopy package. As I have done before, I put together a Jupyter notebook going through the process working with real data using cartopy. The tutorial is available on GitHub here. Enjoy.