NOUS41 KWBC 111903



Technical Implementation Notice 11-10

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1230 PM EDT Thu Mar 24 2011


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From:     Timothy McClung

          Chief, Science Plans Branch

          Office of Science and Technology


Subject:  Change to Wave Model Products:

          Effective Date June 14, 2011


Effective Tuesday, June 14, 2011, beginning with the 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) run, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) will modify the spectral output grid products from the Multi-grid Global Wave and Hurricane Wave Models. 


Both of these models are run using WAVEWATCH-III v3.14.  Recent upgrades of the model to v3.14 increased the spectral resolution of the model from a 25x24 spectral domain (frequency and direction) to a 50x36 domain. For backward compatibility, however, the spectral output from the model was kept at 25x24.  This upgrade will change the spectral output to match the internal model domain.

The key changes are as follows:

1. The frequency spectrum will now start from 0.035

  (instead of 0.0412)

2. The logarithmic increment will now be 1.07 (as opposed to

   1.1). i.e. the next frequency will be 7% higher as opposed to

   10% higher earlier.

3. There will be 50 frequency components as opposed to the

   earlier 25 frequency components (with the highest resolved

   frequency being 0.963 as   opposed to 0.406 earlier)

4. There will be 36 directional components as opposed to the

   24 directional components earlier. This means that the

   directional resolution will now be 10 degrees as opposed to

   15 degrees earlier


The spectral output files from these models are disseminated via the NCEP server at



The following files will be affected:



where xx is the model cycle.


This change will not affect the non-spectral output files from these models.  The spectral products that are changing are not available on NOAAPORT or in AWIPS.


Sample output files reflecting this spectral resolution change are available at:


Details about the NCEP Multi-grid Wave Models are online at:


For questions regarding these model changes, please contact:


  Hendrik Tolman

  NCEP/Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch

  Camp Springs, Maryland

  301-763-8000 ext 7253


For questions regarding the dataflow aspects of these data sets, please contact:


  Rebecca Cosgrove

  NCEP/NCO Dataflow Team

  Camp Springs, Maryland 20746

  301-763-8000 x 7198


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