I am looking to run


example on wave model data. It refers to downloading grib files from


When I browse into a current date subfolder, what is the naming convention?

I see


I assume it must be something like


LOCATION I see ak - Alaska? , ep - East Pacific? , glo - Global?

What are the others?

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Taking your example:

<LOCATION>_??m : the resolution of the model in (arc)minutes

.t??z : the time of the model run at which it was started

.f??? : the number of hours after the model was started

The locations with corresponding notation can be found here

  • THanks! When I get data from the Nomads server that has a time tag 11-Oct-2019 03:33, when was it created? Is this UTC / PST time? nomads.ncep.noaa.gov/pub/data/nccf/com/wave/prod/…
    – El Dude
    Oct 11, 2019 at 18:20
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    Honestly I'm not sure. Looking at the time stamps I'm inclined to believe it would be UTC but I cannot tell you for certain. Sorry! Oct 11, 2019 at 23:13

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