I'd like to propose we change from "jet" as our default colormap to "bds_highcontrast".
I've attached sample images of the same simulation -- I think bds_highcontrast (designed by our very own Britton, nearly two years ago now) is better looking and is easier to discern differences in. I've provided a patch that should make this change here:
It applies to trunk. If this goes through, we'll also make our plots slightly better distinguished, too, because this is a homegrown colormap. (We also have the "kamae" colormap, created by Tune Kamae, that isn't in matplotlib and that I think is criminally underused overall.)
Also, maybe it should be aliased as something in addition to "bds_highcontrast"? Another name?