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wrf_user_list_times

Extracts the list of available times in the ARW WRF model output.

Prototype

load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"
load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/wrf/WRFUserARW.ncl"

	function wrf_user_list_times (
		file_handle  : file or list [list added in V6.0.0]   
	)

	return_val [*] :  string

Arguments

file_handle

Reference to an input netCDF file opened with addfile, or, as of V6.0.0, can be a list of NetCDF files opened with addfiles.

Return value

A list of available times in the input file.

Description

Extract the times in the input file(s).

wrf_user_list_times is part of a library of functions and procedures in WRFUserARW.ncl written to help users plot ARW WRF model data.

Questions on this function should be sent to wrfhelp@ucar.edu.

See Also

wrf_user_getvar, wrf_user_ij_to_ll, wrf_user_intrp2d, wrf_user_intrp3d, wrf_user_list_times, wrf_user_ll_to_ij, wrf_user_unstagger

See the full list of WRF functions.

Examples

Example 1

Get the times from a single WRF ARW file:

  load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"
  load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/wrf/WRFUserARW.ncl"

  a = addfile("wrfout_d01_2000-01-24_12:00:00.nc","r")

  times  = wrf_user_list_times(a)  ; get times in the file
  ntimes = dimsizes(times)         ; number of times in the file

  print("There are " +ntimes+ " times in this file")
  print( times )

Example 2

As of NCL V6.0.0, you can get the times from a list of WRF ARW NetCDF files:

  load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/csm/gsn_code.ncl"
  load "$NCARG_ROOT/lib/ncarg/nclscripts/wrf/WRFUserARW.ncl"

  files = systemfunc("ls -1 wrfout_d01_2000*") + ".nc"
  a = addfiles(files,"r")

  times  = wrf_user_list_times(a)  ; get times in the file
  ntimes = dimsizes(times)         ; number of times in the file(s)

  print("There are " +ntimes+ " times in this file")
  print( times )
You can see some other example scripts and their resultant images at:
http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/wrf/OnLineTutorial/Graphics/NCL/