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National Centers for Environmental Prediction Real Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS)

Sea Surface Temperature on an Orthographic Procjection

NOAA's Real Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS)–Atlantic is a data-assimilating nowcast-forecast system operated by the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The model runs daily, producing a forecast out to 120 hours. Two sets of RTOFS output files are provided for distribution: files that contain three-dimensional fields reported on standard depths with a 24-hour output time step and surface-only files with a 1-hour output time step. More information on RTOFS and its output is contained in the metadata and on the NCEP website at NOAA's National Weather Service, Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch.

Production of this data was discontinued as of 2017-03-21 according to a notice on the NCEP website.

Product Scale POR Model Cycle Output Time Step Access
RTOFS Surface and Volume Variable 2011-05-30 to 2017-03-21 1 day 1h or 1d TDS files