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The dataset on this site is based on analysis field at the pressure level, and 6hr forecast at surface from previous cycle. They are all consistent at 0.5 deg resolution. UCAR is providing a similar dataset that is completely based on 6hr forecast data. See the note below for more details. But to eliminate confusion about CFSR data for regional modeling, data on this site are no longer available for download. If you have partially downloaded this dataset and want to complete it, please email me.
A message from UCAR http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds093.0/ web site
The 6-hourly CFSR data subsetting interface now includes support for WRF variable tables. By choosing one of these presets, the parameters and levels required by the WRF Preprocessing System (WPS) will automatically be selected. Users will still need to select the product type and grid resolution. To access the subsetting interface, go to http://rda.ucar.edu/datasets/ds093.0/ and click the "Data Access" tab. Then click "Internet Download", and then the icon in the "Request a Subset..." column.
Because not all parameters/levels are available as analyses from CFSR, the WRF group recommends that users download the 6-hour Forecasts, which is selectable from the "Type of Product:" menu. The high resolution data are on the 0.5-degree grid for the pressure level parameters and on the 0.3-degree grid for the surface parameters. The low resolution data are on the 2.5-degree grid for the pressure level parameters and on the 1.875-degree grid for the surface parameters. These are selectable from the "Grid:" menu.
It has come to our attention that some users are under the assumption that the "pgbh00" and "flxf00" files from NCDC's NOMADS server are analyses, and that they are using them as inputs to WRF. The fields in those files are NOT analyses; they are output from the first model timestep and they should not be used at all. NCEP asked in January 2010 that those files not be distributed, and they confirmed this in August 2011.
For questions about CFSR data at NCAR or about the subsetting interface, please contact Bob Dattore at dattore@ucar.edu.

Variable Table

This is the new version of Vtable updated on August 28 2011. This variable table has two lines for the 2m humidity. The first line is specific humidity at 2m, but the description field is empty. The following line is relative humidity at 2m with the first column empty. This allows ungrib.exe to read 2m specific humidity and convert it to relative humidity and write the information into the intermediate files.
GRIB1| Level| From |  To  | metgrid  | metgrid | metgrid                                 |GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|
Param| Type |Level1|Level2| Name     | Units   | Description                             |Discp|Catgy|Param|Level|
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
  11 | 100  |   *  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature                             |  0  |  0  |  0  | 100 |
  33 | 100  |   *  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                                       |  0  |  2  |  2  | 100 |
  34 | 100  |   *  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                                       |  0  |  2  |  3  | 100 |
  52 | 100  |   *  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity                       |  0  |  1  |  1  | 100 |
   7 | 100  |   *  |      | HGT      | m       | Height                                  |  0  |  3  |  5  | 100 |
  11 | 105  |   2  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature       at 2 m                |  0  |  0  |  0  | 103 |
  51 | 105  |   2  |      | SPECHUMD | kg kg-1 |                                         |  0  |  1  |  0  | 103 |
     | 105  |   2  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity at 2 m                |  0  |  1  |  1  | 103 |
  33 | 105  |  10  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  2  | 103 |
  34 | 105  |  10  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  3  | 103 |
   1 |   1  |   0  |      | PSFC     | Pa      | Surface Pressure                        |  0  |  3  |  0  |   1 |
   2 | 102  |   0  |      | PMSL     | Pa      | Sea-level Pressure                      |  0  |  3  |  1  | 101 |
 144 | 112  |   0  |  10  | SM000010 | fraction| Soil Moist 0-10 cm below grn layer (Up) |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  10  |  40  | SM010040 | fraction| Soil Moist 10-40 cm below grn layer     |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  40  | 100  | SM040100 | fraction| Soil Moist 40-100 cm below grn layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  | 100  | 200  | SM100200 | fraction| Soil Moist 100-200 cm below gr layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
  11 | 112  |   0  |  10  | ST000010 | K       | T 0-10 cm below ground layer (Upper)    |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  10  |  40  | ST010040 | K       | T 10-40 cm below ground layer (Upper)   |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  40  | 100  | ST040100 | K       | T 40-100 cm below ground layer (Upper)  |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  | 100  | 200  | ST100200 | K       | T 100-200 cm below ground layer (Bottom)|  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  91 |   1  |   0  |      | SEAICE   | proprtn | Ice flag                                | 10  |  2  |  0  |   1 |
  81 |   1  |   0  |      | LANDSEA  | proprtn | Land/Sea flag (1=land, 0 or 2=sea)      |  2  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
   7 |   1  |   0  |      | SOILHGT  | m       | Terrain field of source analysis        |  0  |  3  |  5  |   1 |
  11 |   1  |   0  |      | SKINTEMP | K       | Skin temperature (can use for SST also) |  0  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
  65 |   1  |   0  |      | SNOW     | kg m-2  | Water equivalent snow depth             |  0  |  1  | 13  |   1 |
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
#
# This is created by Lifeng Luo (lluo@msu.edu) based on Vtabel.GFS in WPS 3.2
# The CFSR4WRF is available at http://drought.geo.msu.edu/data/CFSR4WRF
# The newer version of the dataset has the suffix .grib2 instead of grb2.  The newer version uses flxf06 from 
# previous cycle as the surface fields, and the old version uses flxf00.
# SOILCAT and VEGCAT have been removed from the Vtable.GFS in WPS 3.3, so we removed them too from the grib file
# Updated on 2011-08-28
download it here

The following is the 'official' Vtable coming with WPS 3.3

GRIB1| Level| From |  To  | metgrid  | metgrid | metgrid                                 |GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|
Param| Type |Level1|Level2| Name     | Units   | Description                             |Discp|Catgy|Param|Level|
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
  11 | 100  |   *  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature                             |  0  |  0  |  0  | 100 |
  33 | 100  |   *  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                                       |  0  |  2  |  2  | 100 |
  34 | 100  |   *  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                                       |  0  |  2  |  3  | 100 |
  52 | 100  |   *  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity                       |  0  |  1  |  1  | 100 |
   7 | 100  |   *  |      | HGT      | m       | Height                                  |  0  |  3  |  5  | 100 |
  11 | 105  |   2  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature       at 2 m                |  0  |  0  |  0  | 103 |
  52 | 105  |   2  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity at 2 m                |  0  |  1  |  1  | 103 |
  33 | 105  |  10  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  2  | 103 |
  34 | 105  |  10  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  3  | 103 |
   1 |   1  |   0  |      | PSFC     | Pa      | Surface Pressure                        |  0  |  3  |  0  |   1 |
   2 | 102  |   0  |      | PMSL     | Pa      | Sea-level Pressure                      |  0  |  3  |  1  | 101 |
 144 | 112  |   0  |  10  | SM000010 | fraction| Soil Moist 0-10 cm below grn layer (Up) |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  10  |  40  | SM010040 | fraction| Soil Moist 10-40 cm below grn layer     |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  40  | 100  | SM040100 | fraction| Soil Moist 40-100 cm below grn layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  | 100  | 200  | SM100200 | fraction| Soil Moist 100-200 cm below gr layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
  11 | 112  |   0  |  10  | ST000010 | K       | T 0-10 cm below ground layer (Upper)    |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  10  |  40  | ST010040 | K       | T 10-40 cm below ground layer (Upper)   |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  40  | 100  | ST040100 | K       | T 40-100 cm below ground layer (Upper)  |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  | 100  | 200  | ST100200 | K       | T 100-200 cm below ground layer (Bottom)|  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  91 |   1  |   0  |      | SEAICE   | proprtn | Ice flag                                | 10  |  2  |  0  |   1 |
  81 |   1  |   0  |      | LANDSEA  | proprtn | Land/Sea flag (1=land, 0 or 2=sea)      |  2  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
   7 |   1  |   0  |      | SOILHGT  | m       | Terrain field of source analysis        |  0  |  3  |  5  |   1 |
  11 |   1  |   0  |      | SKINTEMP | K       | Skin temperature (can use for SST also) |  0  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
  65 |   1  |   0  |      | SNOW     | kg m-2  | Water equivalent snow depth             |  0  |  1  | 13  |   1 |
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+

The following two tables are from the WPS 3.3.1 release. In this release, it looks like they are using the 06hr forecast for both surface (flxf) and pressure levels (pgbf).

GRIB1| Level| From |  To  | metgrid  | metgrid | metgrid                                 |GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|
Param| Type |Level1|Level2| Name     | Units   | Description                             |Discp|Catgy|Param|Level|
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
  11 | 100  |   *  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature                             |  0  |  0  |  0  | 100 |
  33 | 100  |   *  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                                       |  0  |  2  |  2  | 100 |
  34 | 100  |   *  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                                       |  0  |  2  |  3  | 100 |
  52 | 100  |   *  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity                       |  0  |  1  |  1  | 100 |
   7 | 100  |   *  |      | HGT      | m       | Height                                  |  0  |  3  |  5  | 100 |
   2 | 102  |   0  |      | PMSL     | Pa      | Sea-level Pressure                      |  0  |  3  |  1  | 101 |
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
GRIB1| Level| From |  To  | metgrid  | metgrid | metgrid                                 |GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|GRIB2|
Param| Type |Level1|Level2| Name     | Units   | Description                             |Discp|Catgy|Param|Level|
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+
  11 | 105  |   2  |      | TT       | K       | Temperature       at 2 m                |  0  |  0  |  0  | 103 |
  52 | 105  |   2  |      | RH       | %       | Relative Humidity at 2 m                |  0  |  1  |  1  | 103 |
  33 | 105  |  10  |      | UU       | m s-1   | U                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  2  | 103 |
  34 | 105  |  10  |      | VV       | m s-1   | V                 at 10 m               |  0  |  2  |  3  | 103 |
   1 |   1  |   0  |      | PSFC     | Pa      | Surface Pressure                        |  0  |  3  |  0  |   1 |
 144 | 112  |   0  |  10  | SM000010 | fraction| Soil Moist 0-10 cm below grn layer (Up) |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  10  |  40  | SM010040 | fraction| Soil Moist 10-40 cm below grn layer     |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  |  40  | 100  | SM040100 | fraction| Soil Moist 40-100 cm below grn layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
 144 | 112  | 100  | 200  | SM100200 | fraction| Soil Moist 100-200 cm below gr layer    |  2  |  0  | 192 | 106 |
  11 | 112  |   0  |  10  | ST000010 | K       | T 0-10 cm below ground layer (Upper)    |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  10  |  40  | ST010040 | K       | T 10-40 cm below ground layer (Upper)   |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  |  40  | 100  | ST040100 | K       | T 40-100 cm below ground layer (Upper)  |  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  11 | 112  | 100  | 200  | ST100200 | K       | T 100-200 cm below ground layer (Bottom)|  0  |  0  |  0  | 106 |
  91 |   1  |   0  |      | SEAICE   | proprtn | Ice flag                                | 10  |  2  |  0  |   1 |
  81 |   1  |   0  |      | LANDSEA  | proprtn | Land/Sea flag (1=land, 0 or 2=sea)      |  2  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
   7 |   1  |   0  |      | SOILHGT  | m       | Terrain field of source analysis        |  0  |  3  |  5  |   1 |
  11 |   1  |   0  |      | SKINTEMP | K       | Skin temperature (can use for SST also) |  0  |  0  |  0  |   1 |
  65 |   1  |   0  |      | SNOW     | kg m-2  | Water equivalent snow depth             |  0  |  1  | 13  |   1 |
-----+------+------+------+----------+---------+-----------------------------------------+-----------------------+