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NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Monthly Products

| DOI: 10.5065/D69021ZF

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). CFSv2 monthly atmospheric, oceanic and land surface output products are available at 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 1.9, and 2.5 degree horizontal resolutions as 6-hourly diurnal monthly means (0000, 0600, 1200, and 1800 UTC) and regular full monthly means. For more information about CFS, please see

Temporal Range:
2011-01-01 00:00 +0000 to 2024-06-01 00:00 +0000 (Entire dataset) Period details by dataset product
Air Temperature Cloud Liquid Water/Ice Dew Point Temperature Geopotential Height
Humidity Hydrostatic Pressure Potential Temperature Streamfunctions
Total Precipitable Water Upper Air Temperature Upper Level Winds 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:
2.01 TB (Entire dataset) Volume details by dataset product
Data Formats:
Related RDA Datasets:
NCEP Climate Forecast System Reanalysis (CFSR) Monthly Products, January 1979 to December 2010
NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) 6-hourly Products
NCEP Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Selected Hourly Time-Series 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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