NOUS41 KWBC 080311
Technical Implementation Notice 10-58
811 AM EST Wed Dec 8 2010
-Family of Services
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Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees
From: Robert Bunge
Software Branch Chief
Subject: Extend Comment Period for Experimental Service Allowing NDFD Users to Identify Updated Grids: Effective December 13, 2010
Effective December 13, 2010, at approximately 1500 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the NWS will extend the comment period for the experimental Recently Updated Grids Service (RUGS) for National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) files encoded in general regularly-distributed information in binary form (GRIB2). RUGS will allow NDFD users to determine which GRIB2 files have been recently updated. The service can be used to avoid needlessly downloading NDFD files that have not been modified.
RUGS is a web service based on the atom syndication format. Service users submit an http request to the service consisting of the following inputs:
LOCATIONTYPE: USER INDICATES WHAT TYPE OF LOCATION INPUT
THEY WILL PROVIDE. SUPPORTED LOCATION
TYPES INCLUDE WFO IDENTIFIER, NDFD SECTOR
NAME, STATE ABBREVIATION, OR GRID POINT.
LOCATION: LIST OF LOCATION VALUES APPROPRIATE FOR
THE LOCATION TYPE.
ELEMENT: LIST OF NDFD ELEMENT IDENTIFIERS.
ISSUANCESEARCHTIME: TIME TO START SEARCHING FOR UPDATED
SEARCHSTARTTIME: TIME TO START SEARCHING FOR UPDATED
VALID TIMES WITHIN AN UPDATED FILE.
SEARCHENDTIME: TIME TO STOP SEARCHING FOR UPDATED VALID
TIMES WITHIN AN UPDATED FILE.
SHOWCHANGEDTIMES: REQUEST VALID TIMES THAT CHANGED IN AN
RUGS returns an ATOM document continuing URLs to updated GRIB2 files as constrained by user input. Users can then download the files by accessing the URL.
More details regarding RUGS will be provided in a service description document which will be added to the online catalog of NWS products and services before the implementation date at:
Additional information regarding RUGS is online at:
For questions regarding this service, please contact:
Robert Bunge Carl Mccalla
Software Branch Chief Meteorologist
For technical questions regarding NDFD data, please contact:
Chief, Mesoscale Prediction Branch
National Weather Service
Office Of Science And Technology
Users can provide feedback about the experimental rugs service at the following web address:
A public comment period will end on September 30, 2011.
National Technical Implementation Notices are online at: