METplus Practical Session Guide (Version 4.0) | Session 1: METplus Setup/Grid-to-Grid > METplus Use Case: GridStat

The GridStat use case utilizes the MET Grid-Stat tool.

Optional: Refer to the MET Users Guide for a description of the MET tools used in this use case.
Optional: Refer to the METplus Config Glossary section of the METplus Users Guide for a reference to METplus variables used in this use case.


  1. Review the use case configuration file: GridStat.conf

Open the file and look at all of the configuration variables that are defined. This use-case shows a simple example of running Grid-Stat on 3-hour accumulated precipitation forecasts from WRF to Stage II quantitative precipitation estimates.

less ${METPLUS_BUILD_BASE}/parm/use_cases/met_tool_wrapper/GridStat/GridStat.conf

Note: Forecast and observation variables are referred to individually including reference to both the NAMES and LEVELS, which relate to .

# Name of forecast variable 1
# List of levels to evaluate for forecast variable 1
# A03 = 3 hour accumulation in GRIB file
# Name of observation variable 1
# List of levels to evaluate for observation variable 1
# (*,*) is NetCDF notation - must include quotes around these values!
# must be the same length as FCST_VAR1_LEVELS
OBS_VAR1_LEVELS = "(*,*)"

Which relates to the following fields in the MET configuration file

fcst = {
  field = [
     name = "APCP";
     level = [ "A03" ];
obs = {
  field = [
     name = "APCP_03";
     level = [ "(*,*)" ];

Also note: Paths in GridStat.conf may reference other config options defined in a different configuration files. For example:

FCST_GRID_STAT_INPUT_DIR = {INPUT_BASE}/met_test/data/sample_fcst

where INPUT_BASE which is set in the tutorial.conf configuration file. METplus config variables can reference other config variables even if they are defined in a config file that is read afterwards.


  1. Run the use case: \
${METPLUS_BUILD_BASE}/parm/use_cases/met_tool_wrapper/GridStat/GridStat.conf \
${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/tutorial.conf \

METplus is finished running when control returns to your terminal console and you see the following text:

INFO: METplus has successfully finished running.


  1. Review the output files:

You should have output files in the following directories:

ls ${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/output/GridStat/met_tool_wrapper/GridStat/GridStat/2005080700
  • grid_stat_WRF_APCP_vs_MC_PCP_APCP_03_120000L_20050807_120000V_eclv.txt

  • grid_stat_WRF_APCP_vs_MC_PCP_APCP_03_120000L_20050807_120000V.stat

  • grid_stat_WRF_APCP_vs_MC_PCP_APCP_03_120000L_20050807_120000V_grad.txt

Take a look at some of the files to see what was generated.  Beyond the .stat file, the Economic Cost/Loss Value (eclv) and Gradient (grad) line types were also written to separate .txt files.  If you inspect ${METPLUS_BUILD_BASE}/parm/met_config/GridStatConfig_wrapped, you will notice that the ctc and cts line type settings are "STAT" while eclv and grad line types are set to "BOTH".

less ${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/output/GridStat/met_tool_wrapper/GridStat/GridStat/2005080700/grid_stat_WRF_APCP_vs_MC_PCP_APCP_03_120000L_20050807_120000V.stat
  1. Review the log output:

Log files for this run are found in ${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/output/GridStat/logs. The filename contains a timestamp of the current day.

ls -1 ${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/output/GridStat/logs/metplus.log.*
  1. Review the Final Configuration File

The final configuration file is called metplus_final.conf. This contains all of the configuration variables used in the run. It is found in the top level of OUTPUT_BASE.

less ${METPLUS_TUTORIAL_DIR}/output/GridStat/metplus_final.conf