UserScript: Make a Hovmoeller plot

model_applications/ s2s/

Scientific Objective

This use case calls the METplotpy hovmoeller plot to create a sample Hovmoeller diagram using sample data created by METcalcpy hovmoeller functions

The Hovmoeller plot and hovmoeller calculations where created by Maria Gehne at the Physical Sciences Labratory in NOAA


METplus Components

This use case runs the UserScript wrapper tool to run a user provided script, in this case,

METplus Workflow

This use case does not loop but plots the entire time period of data

This uses data from 2016-01-01 to 2016-03-31

METplus Configuration

METplus first loads all of the configuration files found in parm/metplus_config, then it loads any configuration files passed to METplus via the command line with the -c option, i.e. -c parm/use_cases/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller.conf



VALID_BEG = 2014


USER_SCRIPT_COMMAND = {PARM_BASE}/use_cases/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller/


# Difficulty index specific variables

LOG_FILE = "Hovmoeller_diagram.log"


INPUT_FILE_NAME = {INPUT_BASE}/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller/
YAML_CONFIG_NAME = {PARM_BASE}/use_cases/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller/hovmoeller.yaml


MET Configuration

There are no MET tools used in this use case.

Python Embedding

There is no python embedding in this use case

Running METplus

This use case can be run two ways:

1) Passing in UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller.conf, then a user-specific system configuration file: \
-c /path/to/METplus/parm/use_cases/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller.conf \
-c /path/to/user_system.conf
  1. Modifying the configurations in parm/metplus_config, then passing in UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller.conf: \
    -c /path/to/METplus/parm/use_cases/model_applications/s2s/UserScript_obsPrecip_obsOnly_Hovmoeller.conf

The former method is recommended. Whether you add them to a user-specific configuration file or modify the metplus_config files, the following variables must be set correctly:

  • INPUT_BASE - Path to directory where sample data tarballs are unpacked (See Datasets section to obtain tarballs). This is not required to run METplus, but it is required to run the examples in parm/use_cases

  • OUTPUT_BASE - Path where METplus output will be written. This must be in a location where you have write permissions

  • MET_INSTALL_DIR - Path to location where MET is installed locally

and for the [exe] section, you will need to define the location of NON-MET executables. If the executable is in the user’s path, METplus will find it from the name. If the executable is not in the path, specify the full path to the executable here (i.e. RM = /bin/rm) The following executables are required for performing series analysis use cases:

Example User Configuration File:

INPUT_BASE = /path/to/sample/input/data
OUTPUT_BASE = /path/to/output/dir
MET_INSTALL_DIR = /path/to/met-X.Y

RM = /path/to/rm
CUT = /path/to/cut
TR = /path/to/tr
NCAP2 = /path/to/ncap2
CONVERT = /path/to/convert
NCDUMP = /path/to/ncdump

Expected Output

A successful run will output the following both to the screen and to the logfile:

INFO: METplus has successfully finished running.



  • UserScriptUseCase

  • S2SAppUseCase

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Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 0.000 seconds)

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