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NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) 6-hourly Products

| DOI: 10.5065/D61C1TXF

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Climate Forecast System (CFS) is initialized four times per day (0000, 0600, 1200, and 1800 UTC). NCEP upgraded their operational CFS to version 2 on March 30, 2011. This is the same model that was used to create the NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR), and the purpose of this dataset is to extend CFSR. The 6-hourly atmospheric, oceanic and land surface analyzed products and forecasts, available at 0.2, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.5 degree horizontal resolutions, are archived here beginning with January 1, 2011 as an extension of CFSR. The RDA is not archiving any of the CFS seasonal forecasts. For more information about CFS, please see

Temporal Range:
2011-01-01 00:00 +0000 to 2024-06-19 03:00 +0000
Air Temperature Albedo Atmospheric Stability Cloud Frequency
Cloud Liquid Water/Ice Dew Point Temperature Diffusion Diffusion
Evaporation Geopotential Height Gravity Wave Heat Flux
Humidity Hydrostatic Pressure Ice Depth/Thickness Ice Extent
Land Use/Land Cover Classification Longwave Radiation Maximum/Minimum Temperature Ocean Currents
Planetary Boundary Layer Height Potential Temperature Precipitation Amount Precipitation Rate
Runoff Salinity Sea Ice Motion Sea Surface Height
Sea Surface Temperature Shortwave Radiation Skin Temperature Snow Cover
Snow Depth Snow Water Equivalent Soil Classification Soil Moisture/Water Content
Soil Temperature Streamfunctions Sublimation Surface Roughness
Surface Winds Total Precipitable Water Upper Air Temperature Upper Level Winds
Vegetation Cover Vegetation Species Vertical Wind Velocity/Speed Vorticity
Wind Shear
GRIB2 parameter table: HTML | XML
Vertical Levels:
See the detailed metadata for level information.
Data Types:
Spatial Coverage:
Longitude Range: Westernmost=180W Easternmost=180E
Latitude Range: Southernmost=90S Northernmost=90N Detailed coverage information
Data Contributors:
National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Saha, Suranjana, and Coauthors, 2014: The NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 J. Climate, 27, 2185-2208 (DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00823.1).

Total Volume:
51.05 TB
Data Formats:
Related RDA Datasets:
NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) 6-hourly Products, January 1979 to December 2010
NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Selected Hourly Time-Series Products
NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Monthly Products
More Details:
View a more detailed summary of the data, including specific date ranges and locations by parameter
Metadata Record:
Data License:
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