Data News

Effective 1 June 2020, ftp will no longer be available on the NRT server 

Effective that date the primary access method will be ftps.  A number of different ways to use ftps are available:

1. Python 3 ftplib supports ftps
2. In Linux lftp is a ftps client
3. curl works with ftps
4. wget works with ftps
5. Packages are available for Windows

You will need to have your system administrators open ports 64000-65000 in order for you ftps connection to to work. If your attempt fails (hangs), it is likely that these ports are not available.

You may use immediately and continue to use it after 1 June 2020. On 1 June 2020 will also be an IP name for the PPS NRT ftps server. Effective on 1 June 2020 both

are valid names (URL) for the PPR NRT ftps service.  Connections should always be made using the full name and not an alias.

For those people who can't use the preferred ftps connection we have made available an https server that has a REST service available so that you do not have to screen scrape XML pages. The REST https server uses the following URL:

This will provide text responses and not XML.

If you use the standard URL:

You will get XML to scrape.

Documentation for this https service can be downloaded now via ftp from Please retrieve it and read it. You should find the https server easy to use.

Also please note that jsimpsonhttps is likely to be down much longer during maintenance as the Apache software used is much more complicated to update.
Our experience shows that there are often problems with the working configurations after an update is installed.

On some occasions, jsimpsonhttps might be down for more than half day. All depends upon the complexity of the Apache update. As https is not the primary access mechanism to PPS NRT data, there is no redundent server for So, recovery from a catastrophic server failure may take much longer. During this down period the https service may not be available.  PPS, of course, will do its utmost to repurpose another server for https services as fast as it can.

However, jsimpsonftps will retain the same uptime as the current ftp server.  So, it is suggested that if possible longer downtimes are a problem for you:  use of GPM NRT data, you should use ftps rather than https.  We will, of course, work hard to keep downtime on all the NRT servers down to the absolute minimum necessary to complete maintenance.

For questions, please email: However, if questions are about https, please ensure that you have read the documentation first. It might provide the answer that your are seeking.


Commencing today, Wednesday January 29, 2020, PPS is producing and releasing new satellite  METOPC MHS GPM Level 1C and GPROF METOPC MHS GPM Level 2 and Level 3 data and Climatology Products V05.  These new products will have the starting date of December 11, 2019.

GPROF METOPC MHS GPM Level 2 and Level 3 Climatology products will be produced once the ERA5 input data is received for December 2019.

See the tables below for pertinent  details.

List of data types, product versions and start dates
| DataType            | ProductVersion | StartDate           |
| 1CMETOPCMHS         | V05A           | 2019-12-11 10:35:00 | 
| 2AGPROFMETOPCMHS    | V05D           | 2019-12-11 10:35:00 | 
| 3GPROFMETOPCMHS_DAY | V05D           | 2019-12-11 00:00:00 | 
| 3GPROFMETOPCMHS     | V05D           | 2019-12-01 00:00:00 |

| DataType                 | ProductVersion | StartDate           |
| 2AGPROFMETOPCMHS_CLIM    | V05E           | 2019-12-11 10:35:00 | 
| 3GPROFMETOPCMHS_DAY_CLIM | V05E           | 2019-12:11 00:00:00 | 
| 3GPROFMETOPCMHS_CLIM     | V05E           | 2019-12-01 00:00:00 |

Please visit our registration portal for access to GPM data products if you have not previously registered with PPS:


As previously announced, with the recent release of the long-record V06B IMERG Early, Late, and Final products in late summer of 2019, processing of the TMPA-RT and TMPA products is ending, with December 2019 being the final month of data.  This means that TMPA-RT products have already ceased production and the TMPA products will end with December 2019 (expected by March 2020).  Thanks go to the PPS team, who managed to keep some really old computer hardware alive long enough to meet this goal!

These legacy products will continue to be hosted at PPS and GES DISC to allow users sufficient time to transition to the current IMERG datasets.  These archives remain the same, except that with the demise of the system that hosted the TRMM-RT archive at PPS, the data are now located at  Note that if you have not previously requested a (free and automatic) account on "arthurhou", you will be prompted to do so the first time.  Questions on the new location of TMPA-RT may be directed to the PPS help desk (


Difficulties with accessing NOAA CPC 4-km Merged Global IR data resulted in the loss of IR data in IMERG Early Run for 12 November 12:00-21:30 UTC and 14 November 10:00-15 November 10:30 UTC, and in IMERG Late Run for 12 November 12:00-20:30 UTC and 14 November 10:00-15 November 09:30 UTC.  Subsequently, the IR data were retrieved for use in the Final Run.


PPS will replace GPM Ka/Ku L1B products from JAXA and will reprocess the affected data including Level 2 and 3 data. If you have already obtained products with orbit#32319 from our archive or through a standing order, etc., please discard and use the replacement products when available. 

PPS will replace the following GPM Ka/Ku L1B data: 

  • GPMCOR_KUR_1911060353_0525_032319_1BS_DUB_05C.h5
  • GPMCOR_KAR_1911060353_0525_032319_1BS_DAB_05C.h5

PPS will reprocess the affected L2-3 downstream products. If you have obtained any of these products from our archive or through a Standing Order, etc., please discard these and use the replacement products when available. 

  • 2A.GPM.Ku.V8-20180723.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5
  • 2A.GPM.Ka.V8-20180723.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5
  • 2A.GPM.DPR.V8-20180723.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5
  • 2B.GPM.DPRGMI.CORRA2018.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5
  • 2A.GPM.DPR.GPM-SLH.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5
  • 3A-ORBIT.GPM.DPR.GPM-SLH.20191106-S035302-E052535.032319.V06A.HDF5

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


The Precipitation Processing System (PPS) has begun the TRMM and GPM Goddard Convective-Stratiform Heating (CSH) V06A level 2 and level 3 data reprocessing on, Monday October 21, 2019.  This reprocessing will cover the whole life for TRMM and the period from the launch to current for GPM.

The release notes (CHS V06) explaining the key changes from V05A and improvements implemented in the current V06A product will be available later this week and will be posted on the following PPS public web pages as soon as it's provided:

The TRMM/GPM CSH V06A L2-L3 products will be made available through the PPS "arthurhou" ftp archive:

and STORM (PPS's Online Data Ordering Interface):
after these products are produced and archived.

The following data will be reprocessed:

| DataType           | V06A | StartTime                    |
StopTime                      | DOI

| 2HCSH_TRMM | V06A | 1997-12-08 21:15:58 | 2015-04-01 11:58:39
|10.5067/GPM/PRTMI/TRMM/CSH/2H/06                   |  3GCSH_TRMM | V06A 
|| 1997-12-08 21:15:58 | 2015-03-31 23:59:59 |
10.5067/GPM/PRTMI/TRMM/CSH/3G/06                  |
| 3HCSH_TRMM | V06A | 1997-12-01 00:00:00 | 2015-03-31 23:59:59 |
| 2HCSH               | V06A | 2014-03-08 22:09:50 | present
|10.5067/GPM/DPRGMI/CSH/2H/06                             |  3GCSH               
|| V06A | 2014-03-08 22:09:50 |
present                         |
10.5067/GPM/DPRGMI/CSH/3G/06                            |
| 3HCSH               | V06A | 2014-03-01 00:00:00 |
present                         |
10.5067/GPM/DPRGMI/CSH/3B-MONTH/06            |

Please visit our registration portal for access to GPM data products if 
you have not previously registered with PPS:

If you have any concerns, comments or questions, please inform the PPS 
Helpdesk at:


PPS will resume to process NOAA-19 MHS L1C and GPROF products for the granules starting from 09/20/2019 10:22:10 UTC.
There was an issue with the satellite drifting which caused issues with the pre-processing. NOAA/NESDIS updated the processing coefficient and made the NOAA-19 MHS channel 2 L1B data back to normal.


PPS will halt the NOAA-19 L1C and GPROF products for the time being due to problems with the input received.

Indications are that the NOAA-19 MHS channel 2 has failed.   The input data (MSPPS_ORB) used for producing the NOAA-19 MHS L1C product is flagging all the Ta as missing, and as a result the L1C and GPROF products for NOAA-19 have ceased.

We will inform you when and if we have any new details or announcements.

Thank you for your attention and patience during this time.


Beginning with August 19, 2019 at 13:00 UTC, noise in the form of random horizontal lines over the Eastern Pacific began appearing, with most of the problems appearing each following day in the 12:00, 12:30, and 13:00 half-hours, with at least one instance of 13:30.  This was traced to noise in the GOES-W Tb’s (as the result of the faulty sensor cooling system), which made it past the filtering at CPC, where the Merged Global 4-km IR dataset is assembled.  The Early and Late datasets contain these errors, which will be dealt with in the Final computation.


The combined TRMM and GPM-era (June 2000 – present) IMERG V06B products are now available.  This includes the Final product, as well as the retrospectively reprocessed Early and Late products.  These products are staged in the standard locations.  If you have any questions regarding accessibility please contact us.

As the long-record IMERG products are now available, the TMPA and TMPA-RT products have a planned end date of December 31, 2019.  Users should transition to IMERG during this period.  We are hopeful we can extend the IMERG record back to January 1998 in the near future.  

As always, we are interested in your feedback, especially regarding analysis results. This feedback allows us to improve IMERG and provide answers to any questions you may have. Click here to contact us.