I'm working with NOAA temperature NetCDF files and trying limit area of interest to the US area only using bounding box. In Jupyter Notebook I wrote few lines to do it and on the plot everything looks good until I load *.nc file to ArcGIS Pro / QGIS, raster is streched along y-axis...

import os, sys
import xarray as xr
from netCDF4 import Dataset
import pandas as pd
import numpy as np
from datetime import date
import rioxarray
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
%matplotlib inline

ds = xr.open_dataarray(r"C:\Users\test\Downloads\tmax.2022.nc")
new = ds.rio.write_crs("epsg:4326", inplace=True)
new.coords['lon'] = (new.coords['lon'] + 180) % 360 -180

lats = [72, 24]
lons = [-65, -172]
out = new.sel(lat=slice(*lats), lon=slice(*lons))

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Since you're changing and slicing the coordinates, I think (didn't test it) you'll need to update the transform before saving it (more info here):

out = out.rio.write_transform(out.rio.transform(recalc=True))

Also, you spatial dimensions seemed to be named incorrectly for rioxarray (see here for more info), so you might want to do something like this:

out.rio.set_spatial_dims(x_dim="lon", y_dim="lat" inplace=True)

Notice that when you use inplace=True, you don't need to assign to a new variable like you are doing.

  • Thanks a lot for explanation! I reprojected my file after slicing.
    – nomad_gis
    Sep 21, 2022 at 8:32

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