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How to install wgrib2 in OSX

August 19, 2017
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How to install wgrib2 in OSX

Prompted by both my own struggles with wgrib2 compilation and a plea on the rNOMADS email listserv, I’m going to describe how to compile and install wgrib2 on Mac OS. First of all, some background: wgrib2 is an excellent utility written by Wesley Ebisuzaki at NOAA.  It allows for a number of swift and stable

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Accessing ensemble weather models with rNOMADS

November 24, 2016
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Accessing ensemble weather models with rNOMADS

Downloading a weather model and using it to predict stuff is all well and good – but what are the sources of error?  Specifically, how accurate is the atmospheric parametrization?   Luckily, NOMADS provides sets of models with slightly different initialization values.  The result is a set of realizations that captures the variability of the model

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How to install rNOMADS with GRIB file support on Windows

April 26, 2015
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How to install rNOMADS with GRIB file support on Windows

Two years ago, I wrote a software package for R called “rNOMADS” that interfaces with online weather and sea ice model repositories to gather data in real time, for free.  The data are delivered in two ways: a simple, pure R, cross platform interface using GrADS-DODS, and binary files in GRIB format.  The one issue

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rNOMADS package has been published in the journal Computers & Geosciences

March 10, 2015
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rNOMADS package has been published in the journal Computers & Geosciences

I’m happy to announce that my article “Near Real Time Weather and Ocean Model Data Access with rNOMADS” was recently accepted for publication in the journal Computers & Geosciences. The editor has kindly provided me with a link to the article that’s free until late April, check it out here.  I’m excited to have the

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New updates to the rNOMADS package and big changes in the GFS model

January 16, 2015
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New updates to the rNOMADS package and big changes in the GFS model

I rolled out a big update to the rNOMADS package in R about two weeks ago.  Now, the list of real time weather, ocean, and sea ice models available through rNOMADS updates automatically by scraping the NOMADS web site.  This way, changes in model inventories will be instantly reflected in rNOMADS without the need for

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rNOMADS 2.0.2 released

September 3, 2014
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rNOMADS 2.0.2 released

I uploaded the newest version of rNOMADS to CRAN yesterday. This one has a new plotting function for wind altitude azimuth, and magnitude (see below for plot and source code). I also added a function for reading GRIB inventories, fixed a few typos, and tweaked a few functions. In other news, the rNOMADS subversion repository

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Extracting North American Mesoscale (NAM) Model Data with rNOMADS using DODS

July 17, 2014
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Extracting North American Mesoscale (NAM) Model Data with rNOMADS using DODS

The (relatively) recent upgrade of rNOMADS to version 2.0.0 allows cross platform support for downloading atmospheric and oceanic operational model data into R via the GrADS-DODS system.  However, users have been experiencing difficulty using DODS to get North American Mesoscale (NAM) real time data.  The script below shows an example of getting the NAM 12z

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rNOMADS 2.0.1 released

July 5, 2014
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rNOMADS 2.0.1 released

The latest version of rNOMADS is now available on CRAN.  This update resolves several minor bugs and one major one involving multiple variable/level selections when using the ModelGrid function.  I have also added support for two more models on NOMADS:  Climate Forecast System Flux Products and Climate Forecast System 3D Pressure Products.  This brings the

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Downloading weather, sea ice, and wave model data with the rNOMADS package in R

May 28, 2014
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Downloading weather, sea ice, and wave model data with the rNOMADS package in R

The NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System is a treasure trove of near real time and archived model outputs describing global and regional weather, sea ice, and wave data.  I developed the rNOMADS package about a year ago to make this available to R users. In this post, I’ll present some source code and

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Accessing global weather model data using the rNOMADS package in R

March 23, 2014
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Accessing global weather model data using the rNOMADS package in R

The rNOMADS package interfaces with the NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System to provide access to 55 operational (i.e. real time and prediction) models describing the state of the ocean and the atmosphere. rNOMADS has been used to get wind and wave data for a real time sailing game, to quantify solar energy available

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