If you are running WRF 3.x series with the NCEP GFS data updated some time in 2019 you may have found an error along the lines of:
ERROR: The mandatory field TT was not found in any input data.
There may also be an error with
metgrid.exe where you get:
ERROR: Error in ext_pkg_write_field
How to fix?
This is because the GFS data was updated in June 2019 with a new format (solution credit of this link, retrieved 12/9/2019).
The solution is rather simple: compile the version 4.0 of the WRF PreProcessing System (WPS) and use
ungrib.exe from there. You don’t need to change the
Vtable or anything else in your existing 3.x WRF+WPS installation.
This is a quick tip post. They are written in a way to help users quickly resolve a problem that I ran into in my daily work and usually don’t go in depth about the details of ‘why’. Please feel free to comment or contribute to the knowledge.