Climate Data

NCEP NARR

A high resolution (32km x 29 pressure levels) data set focused upon the North American Region. Relative to the NCEP-DOE (R2) it has a much improved land-hydrology, diurnal cycle and land-atmosphere interaction. As such, it can be considered a second generation reanalysis. A unique feature is the direct assimilation of observed precipitation.

Years of Record

1979/01 to 2017/11
temporal metadataID:
oai:edu.ucar.rda:ds608.0

Formats

Timestep

Climatology | Sub-daily | Monthly

Data Time Period Extended?

yes, data set is extended

Domain

Spatial Resolution

32km

Missing Data Flag

spatially complete

Data Assimilation Method

Model Resolution used to create reanlaysis

32km x 45 eta

Model Vintage (reanalysis)

2003

Input Data

standard reanalysis sources; precipitation, TOV-1B radiances

Earth system components and main variables

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Key Figures

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Captions

Climate Data Guide Image NARR daily precipitation for April 11, 1979. Data are plotted on a Lambert Conformal projection. The values are the mean of eight 3-hourly values. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)
Climate Data Guide Image NARR daily mean temperature for April 11, 1979. Data are plotted on a Lambert Conformal projection. The values are the mean of eight 3-hourly values. (Climate Data Guide; D. Shea)

Cite this page

National Center for Atmospheric Research Staff (Eds). Last modified 10 Nov 2017. "The Climate Data Guide: NCEP NARR." Retrieved from https://climatedataguide.ucar.edu/climate-data/ncep-narr.

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