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Changes to the GRIB format of some Meteosat Meteorological Products

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The GRIB format of three Meteosat Meteorological Products will be updated on 29 July.

Last Updated

21, September 2020

The GRIB products concerned are: Optimal Cloud Analysis (OCA), Multi-Sensor Precipitation Estimate (MPE) and Upper-level Divergence (DIV).

The changes, detailed below, consist of corrections to anomalies and updates of deprecated numbers.


  • The GRIB master tables version number changes from 4 to 22.
  • The product definition template number changes from 30 to 31. Both numbers represent ‘satellite products’, but the first number (30) is deprecated.


  • The GRIB master tables version number changes from 3 to 21.
  • The latitude and longitude of the first and last grid points were incorrect. This has been fixed.

Note: The MPE product is no longer available for the prime Meteosat 0° mission.


The encoded product contains three parameters: divergence, quality and wind speed.

The parameter identifiers for the latter two were incorrect and will change as follows:

  • Quality: from 14 to 201.
  • Wind speed: from 15 to 19.

Note: The DIV product will be discontinued as of 7 October 2020.

Sample files of the updated GRIB products are available on our FTP server:

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