McIDAS Learning Guide
Version 2015

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# McIDAS Argument Formats

## Integer Argument Format

 ```-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valid McIDAS integer argument format: [+-]i.fE[+]s \$x[xxxxxxx] where: i = integer part f = fractional part E = exponent of E, e, D or d s = exponential scalar x = hexadecimal digit 0-9 or A-F Acceptable Forms: [+-]i , [+-]iE[+]s , [+-]i.fE[+]s , \$x[xxxxxxx] [+-]i. , [+-]i.E[+]s , [+-].fE[+]s -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ```

## Double Precision Argument Format

 ```-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valid McIDAS double argument format: [+-]i.fE[+-]s \$x[xxxxxxx] where: i = integer part f = fractional part E = exponent of E, e, D or d s = exponential scalar x = hexadecimal digit 0-9 or A-F Acceptable Forms: [+-]i.f , [+-]i , [+-]iE[+-]s , [+-]i.fE[+-]s , \$x[xxxxxxx] [+-].f , [+-]i. , [+-]i.E[+-]s , [+-].fE[+-]s -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ```

## Date Format

 ```-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valid McIDAS date argument format: [+-]yyyyddd , [+-]yyyy/mm/dd , [+-]mm/dd , [+-]dd/mon/yyyy , [+-]dd/mon , [+-]yyyy-mm-dd , [+-]mm-dd , [+-]dd-mon-yyyy , [+-]dd-mon where: yyyy = year (def=current year & century) mm = month (def=current month) mon = calendar month (>=3 chars) dd = day of month (required) ddd = day of year (required) '/' = today's date Acceptable Forms: [+-]yyyy/mm/dd , [+-]mm/dd , [+-]/mm/dd , [+-]yyyyddd , [+-]dd/mon/yyyy , [+-]dd/mon , [+-]dd/mon/ , [+-]ddd , [+-]/ , [+-]/dd , [+-]dd/ , [+-]//dd , [+-]dd// -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ```

## Time Format

 ```-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valid McIDAS time argument format: [+-]hh:mm:ss [+-]hh.fffffE[+-]s where: hh = hours mm = minutes (<= 59) ss = seconds (<= 59) fffff = fractional hour ':' = current time Acceptable Forms: [+-]hh , [+-]hh:mm , [+-]hh:mm:ss , [+-]hh.fffff , [+-]: , [+-]hh: , [+-]hh:mm: , [+-]hh::ss , [+-].fffff , [+-]hh:: , [+-]:mm: , [+-]:mm:ss , [+-]::ss , [+-]:mm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ```

## Latitude and Longitude Format

 ```-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Valid McIDAS lat/lon argument format: [+-]dd:mm:ss [+-]dd.fffffE[+-]s where: dd = degrees mm = minutes (<= 59) ss = seconds (<= 59) fffff = fractional degrees Acceptable Forms: [+-]dd , [+-]dd:mm , [+-]dd:mm:ss , [+-]dd.fffff , [+-]: , [+-]dd: , [+-]dd:mm: , [+-]dd::ss , [+-].fffff , [+-]dd:: , [+-]:mm: , [+-]:mm:ss , [+-]::ss , [+-]:mm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ```

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