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Service Records Retention System (SRRS)

A National Weather Service graphical depiction of weather over the continental United States for Sunday, January 1, 2012, at 13 UTC. A well-defined cold front is shown stretching from the Great Lakes to Texas. This image was downloaded through NOMADS.

The Service Records Retention System (SRRS) stores weather observations, summaries, forecasts, warnings, and advisories provided by the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) for public use. SRSS products are legally mandated by Congress for archival at NCEI, and they are retained for a five-year period. Customers often use SRRS records for accident investigations and litigations. Three broad categories of SRRS data exist: observations, forecasts, and graphics. Observations are typically text products while forecasts are both text and graphical. The graphics category of SRRS data contains images of surface analysis, standard layer upper air analyses, weather depictions, radar summaries, and ocean products. Coverage of these data is both global and regional.

All categories of SRRS data are available through NCEI. SRRS graphic products are available for download through the NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS). Some data are converted for viewing as images through a graphical user interface (GUI).

Product Types

Product Grid/Scale Period of Record Model Cycle Output Timestep Data Access Links
SRSS NCEP Charts (Images Displayed through GUI) Various 01Feb1994 - Present Daily, various cycles Various GUI
SRSS NCEP Charts (GIF Files) Various 01Feb1994 - 15Jul2006 Daily, various cycles Various FTP HTTP
SRRS Binary (GRIB) Various 26Apr2001 - Present Daily, various cycles Various GDS TDS

SRRS Binary (BIN and PCX)

Various 26Apr2001 - Present Daily, various cycles Various FTP HTTP

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