terminology of "--cycle" warning in docs

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terminology of "--cycle" warning in docs

Post by pattim »

Can someone mention what the warning about using "--cycle" in the docs means?
"Important: This flag is not to be used for real-time modeling purposes!"

In the same section of the docs, it mentions using cycle for operational forecasts:
"For an operational forecast model, this is often the 00-hour
time of that run. For an analysis system, the cycle time typically identifies the hour
at which the dataset is valid. NOTE: not for use with real-time forecast

So what is the warning concerning "real-time modeling purposes"? What is Robert getting at?

Thanks in advance... Patricia
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