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TRMM (TMPA-RT) Near Real-Time Precipitation L3 3 hour 0.25 degree x 0.25 degree V7 (TRMM_3B42RT) at GES DISC

These data are output from the TRMM Multi-satellite Precipitation Analysis (TMPA), the Near Real-Time (RT) processing stream. The latency is about seven hours from the observation time, although processing issues may delay or prevent this schedule. Users should be mindful that the price for the short latency of these data is the reduced quality as compared to the research quality product. Each file is a snapshot considered to represent the three-hour period centered on the "nominal" file time. So, e.g., 00 UTC nominally represents the period from 2230 UTC of the previous day to 0130 UTC of the current day. Estimates outside the band 50 degree N-S are considered highly experimental. GES DISC initially receives these data from the Precipitation Processing System (PPS) in binary format. However, before archiving, the data are scaled to real numbers, and re-arranged to a standard grid so that the first grid cell is at 180W, 60S. Thus formatted, data are stored into CF-1.6 compliant netCDF-4 files and archived. This format is machine-independent, self-explanatory, provides extremely efficient seamless compression, and gives various options for previewing the data without downloading it. Apart from these technical differences, all other science content details remain the same, and users are strongly encouraged to read the provider's documentation that is linked to from here.

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