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  1. Where can I get the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD)
  2. Where can I get the National Digital Guidance Database (NDGD)

Where can I get the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD)

You can use either:

  • http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/
  • ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/

Then you need to determine two things. First what sector your data is in, and then the status of your data ("experimental" or "operational"). To determine the status of each element given a sector, see: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ndfd/resources/NDFD_element_status.pdf (pdf)

If you determine it is operational, then add ST.opnl/ to your URL. If it is experimental, add ST.expr/ to your URL.

Next you need to determine the NDFD Sector that you want your data for. The table in the following section may help you determine which sector to use by looking at the geographic extents. After you have determined the sector and added that portion to the URL, you should have something like:

  • For the experimental NDFD CONUS sector
    • http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/pub/SL.us008001/ST.expr/DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/
    • ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/ST.expr/DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/
  • For the operational NDFD CONUS sector
    • http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/pub/SL.us008001/ST.opnl/DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/
    • ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/ST.opnl/DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/

What are NDFD sectors?

For dissemination, the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) broke the CONUS (Continental Unitied States) into several geographic sub-sectors. The reason for this, was to allow users to download just the data they were interested in. NDFD did not sub-divide the OCONUS sectors (sectors outside the CONUS), so for the OCONUS sectors you have to download the entire grid.

To determine the geographic area of each sub-sector or OCONUS sector, you can either look at the Picture in the following table, or try a flash application.

If you can not find an appropriate NDFD sub-sector, the NWS is also providing an experimental web service to allow users to get a customed defined (limited to a maximum of 15 degrees by 15 degress) sub-sector of the CONUS in GRIB2.

CONUS (Continental United States) Areas

Sector URL to add (Opnl link) URL to add (Expr link) Picture
Full CONUS DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.conus/ Picture
Pacific North West DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.pacnwest/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.pacnwest/ Picture
Pacific South West DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.pacswest/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.pacswest/ Picture
Northern Rockies DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nrockies/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nrockies/ Picture
Central Rockies DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crrocks/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crrocks/ Picture
Southern Rockies DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.srockies/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.srockies/ Picture
Northern Plains DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nplains/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nplains/ Picture
Central Plains DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crplains/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crplains/ Picture
Southern Plains DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.splains/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.splains/ Picture
Upper Mississippi Valley DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.umissvly/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.umissvly/ Picture
Central Mississippi Valley DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crmissvy/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crmissvy/ Picture
Southern Mississippi Valley DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.smissvly/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.smissvly/ Picture
Central Great Lakes DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crgrlake/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.crgrlake/ Picture
Eastern Great Lakes DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.ergrlake/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.ergrlake/ Picture
North East DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.neast/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.neast/ Picture
South East DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.seast/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.seast/ Picture
Mid Atlantic DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.midatlan/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.midatlan/ Picture

OCONUS (Outside CONUS) Areas

Sector URL to add (Opnl link) URL to add (Expr link) Picture
Puerto Rico DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.puertori/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.puertori/ Picture
Hawaii DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.hawaii/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.hawaii/ Picture
Guam DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.guam/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.guam/ Picture
Alaska DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.alaska/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.alaska/ Picture

Hemispheric Areas

Sector URL to add (Opnl link) URL to add (Expr link) Picture
Northern Hemispheric DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nhemi/ DF.gr2/DC.ndfd/AR.nhemi/ Picture

Where can I get the National Digital Guidance Database (NDGD)?

You can use either:

  • http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/
  • ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/SL.us008001/

Then based on the status of your data you will want to go into ST.expr or ST.opnl. As of 8/14/2007, the following table reflects the status of the NDGD.

Guidance Type Status Remainder of URL Elements
Air Quality ST.opnl/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.aq/AR.conus/ ozone, smoke
Air Quality ST.expr/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.aq/AR.conus/ ozone
Gridded MOS(GFS) ST.opnl/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.mosgfs/AR.conus/ maxt, mint, pop06, pop12, pts03(VP.001-003 only), pts06, pts12, rhm, td, temp, wdir, wspd
NEW! qpf06, qpf12, sky, snw24, wgust
Gridded LAMP(GFS) ST.opnl/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.lampgfs/AR.conus/ ots02, pts02
Real Time Mesoscale Analysis(RTMA) ST.expr/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.rtma/AR.conus/ NEW! precipa, sky, td, temp, wdir, wspd, utd, utemp, uwdir, uwspd
Probabilistic Storm Surge ST.expr/ DF.gr2/DC.ndgd/GT.slosh/AR.conus/ NEW! ?gt5? ?10% exceed?

Abbreviations:

  • POP## = Probability of Precipitation in a ## hour period
  • PTS## = Probability of Thunder Storms in a ## hour period
  • OTS## = Occurance (yes/no) of Thunder Storms in a ## hour period