On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, MDL's data on tgsv1.nws.noaa.gov will be transitioned to the new NWS FTP server, TGFTP, at tgftp.nws.noaa.gov . The new server has increased capacity and should provide more robust service. TGFTP will have 24x7 technical support provided by the Tech Control Center, which can be reached at (301) 713-0902. For those of you who subscribe to Family of Services (FOS), this data can also be accessed at ptgftp.nws.noaa.gov .
In addition to moving the data to the new server, the NWS is adopting a set Directory and File Naming Standard for their ftp servers. A description of this new standard can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/datamgmt/filstnd.html . All of MDL's files have been placed in locations according to this directory standard. To help our users, we have prepared a cross-reference that contains the current name and location on TGSV1 and the new name and location on TGFTP of all files. This document also lists several files that will be permanently removed from the server, in addition to new Eta MOS files that will be available.
To reach TGFTP, type ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov if you are using a web browser, or ftp tgftp.nws.noaa.gov if you are ftp'ing from the command line. In general, our text products can be found in SL.us008001/DF.anf, our GRIB products in SL.us008001/DF.gr1, and our BUFR products in SL.us008001/DF.bf . Please see the cross reference for specific file locations.
As of Wednesday, July 24th, most of the files are being posted on both the old and new servers. We encourage our users to modify their processes to access the data on the new server as soon as possible. Please contact us if you have any problems accessing the new data. We want to help make this transition as smooth as possible for our users.
We will also have to make slight modifications to our webpage to accomodate these changes in the FTP server. We will be updating all of the "Full Text Message" links on our products page at www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/synop/products.htm in the next few weeks.
If you have any questions, or need any help transitioning to the new server, please contact Rebecca Cosgrove at Rebecca.Cosgrove@noaa.gov .