NIMROD product data are in the non-standard NIMROD binary format. Refer to linked documentation for further details. However, the documentation does not indicate there are three 4 byte elements in each record. These are located before each block of data within the record, the first and second should be equal to 512 to confirm the size of the next data block; the third should be equal to twice the size of the data grid (e.g. if the data are in a grid 200 by 500 boxes, then this third entry should be 200,000)

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  • 1 km resolution composite data from the Met Office's UK rainfall radars via the Met Office NIMROD system. The NIMROD system is a very short range forecasting system used by the Met Office. Data are available from 2004 until present at UK stations and detail rain-rate observations taken every 5 minutes. Each file has been compressed and then stored within daily tar archive files. The precipitation rate analysis uses processed radar and satellite data, together with surface reports and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) fields. The UK has a network of 15 C-band rainfall radars and data form these are processed by the Met Office NIMROD system. Please note CEDA are not able to fulfil requests for missing data from this archive. The data may be available at a cost by contacting the Met Office directly with required dates. It is worth contacting the CEDA first to check if the reason for the gap is already identified as being due to the data not existing at all. CEDA does not support reading software but programs written by the community to do this task in IDL, Matlab, FORTRAN and Python are available in the dataset software directory. The data files contain integer precipitation rates in unit of (mm/hr)*32. Each value is between 0 and 32767. In practice it is rare to see a value in excess of 4096 i.e. 128 mm/hr. At 10:00 on 14 June 2005, the 1 km composite data files became larger with 2175 rows by 1725 columns compared to the previous 775 rows by 640 columns. From 14:55 on 30 August 2006, the 1 km composite data files are gzipped files. From 13 Nov 2007, the 1 km composite is derived directly from processed polar (600m x 1 degree) rain rate estimates and there is more detail in the rain structure.