Global RTOFS Data Access
Model nowcast/forecast data from Global RTOFS is available as
Network Common Data Format (NetCDF)
Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OpenDAP)
from the following locations:
NCO Production FTP Server (NetCDF)
latest run only
NCO Operational NOMADS
latest + 1 day archive
NCEP Developmental NOMADS
NetCDF and OpenDAP are common data formats and viewers/decoders are
available from a number of vendors and organizations.
Data is available as individual NetCDF files and OpenDAP urls.
Information on the file naming conventions and file contents can be found
Note that the NOMADS OpenDAP urls aggregate all of the nowcast and forecast times into
two urls (forecast, nowcast) for each type of file (2ds diag or 2ds prog surface files, 3ztio, 3zsio,
3zuio, and 3zvio full-volume data).
For analyzing the
model data in MATLAB® we recommend the
NCTOOLBOX for MATLAB. NCTOOLBOX can read NetCDF, OPeNDAP, HDF5, GRIB,
GRIB2, HDF4 and many (15+) other file formats. The complete list of formats
An older toolbox,
NetCDF-Java Toolbox for MATLAB (njTBX) is also available. Note that
development of njTBX has been frozen.
Notes on processing Global RTOFS data
The interpolated and native global horizontal grids are very large
(3298x4500 native, 14.8 million grid points), (2160x4320 interpolated, 9.3
million grid points). Loading and mapping a single layer of the full global
grid takes a considerable amount of memory.