# Missing values

```Dear Ferret users,

I came across a strange problem when I used the 'IF' condition to pick the
zonal and meridional components of a vector based on the number of
observations available in a grid.  In one case the vector has a zero value
for one component (ie. v=0.0). In this case when I used the 'IF' condition,
it reports v as missing rather than 0.0. The following will explain the
problem better (see the values reported for 16-Sep, column 2 & 5).

Column  1: U is U (cm/sec)
Column  2: V is V (cm/sec)
Column  3: NOBS is Number of observations
Column  4: U1 is IF(NOBS GT 10) THEN U
Column  5: V1 is IF(NOBS GT 10) THEN V
Column  6: NOBS1 is IF(NOBS GT 10) THEN NOBS
U      V   NOBS     U1     V1  NOBS1
16-JAN      /  1:  -13.0 -13.00  20.00  -13.0 -13.00  20.00
15-FEB      /  2:  -61.0  -3.00  33.00  -61.0  -3.00  33.00
16-MAR      /  3:    7.0   6.00  34.00    7.0   6.00  34.00
16-APR      /  4:  106.0 -13.00  24.00  106.0 -13.00  24.00
16-MAY      /  5:  146.0 -22.00  66.00  146.0 -22.00  66.00
16-JUN      /  6:   60.0 -18.00  51.00   60.0 -18.00  51.00
16-JUL      /  7:   11.0 -17.00  67.00   11.0 -17.00  67.00
16-AUG      /  8:   48.0 -18.00  48.00   48.0 -18.00  48.00
16-SEP      /  9:   67.0   0.00  42.00   67.0   ....  42.00
16-OCT      / 10:   83.0  32.00  36.00   83.0  32.00  36.00
16-NOV      / 11:  150.0 -10.00  40.00  150.0 -10.00  40.00
16-DEC      / 12:   62.0  -2.00  53.00   62.0  -2.00  53.00

Is there any way out for this problem? I want 0.0 when the values are zeros. Not
as 'missing value'. When I compute the annual mean (using @ave)
I get umean with 12 values and vmean with 11 values rather than 12 values
which is incorrect.

Thanks
-satheesh
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Satheesh C. Shenoi
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