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Bathythermograph 36-days rotating file
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    "This Office Note describes the archiving system for the bathythermograph (BATHY) guaranteed fixed format 36-days rotating file, NMC.WD21.BATHY.ROTATING. This is a direct-access data set comprized of 3601 records with DCB=(RECFM=F, LRECL=420, BLKSIZE=420). Record number 1 is used for internal bookkeeping. Records number 2 through 3601 contain the BATHY data. Each record is blocked/packed without format control. The maximum record size is 420 bytes. Currently we process approximately 100 BATHY reports daily. Any given day is available for at least 36-days, after which it is over-written. The file is updated regularly each day with observations at 12Z. Attachment I shows the standard format of a 420 byte record. The format is identical to the one created between Mr. J.J. Kundrat (WD21, NMC) and NODC for archiving IGOSS radio message of BATHY reports. Details of the programs which process the raw BATHY observations into this guaranteed fixed format may be obtained from V. M. Gerald, WD21, MPB"--first page.

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