NOAA implemented the NLDAS-2 system into NCEP Central Operations (NCO) on 5 Aug 2014. The near real-time NLDAS-2 products are available in GRIB-2 format. Operational users are encouraged to use the NCEP/NCO GRIB-2 products. GRIB-1 products, including near real-time updates and a complete archive, will continue to be available at the NASA GES DISC. Note that these GRIB-1 updated products are only available in the NASA GES DISC format. Currently, there is no public archive of the operational GRIB-2 format data from NCEP.
More information about this significant milestone, including the transition of research to operations (R2O), please see this Science Highlight.