# Plotting date as hh:mm in contourf from seconds

Hi all,

I'm trying to make a contourf plot out of 3 2d fields, where one is seconds since 1970. This works! But my problem is the formatting of the xaxes. These I like to have in hh:mm. Since the time is a 2d field, a conversion to datetime didn't work.

The other way I tried was plotting a second axis with x as 1d datetime, y (1d) and z as before, removing the collections, plotting the original data and deleting the xticks and labels. But i didn't succeed with that. i get a year out of range error. Any help would be appreciated.

here is a small code peace that could help to understand what i like to do.

from matplotlib import pyplot, dates
import numpy as np

x = np.array([[1387029209.,1387029310.,1387029411.,1387029512.],
[1387029209.,1387029310.,1387029411.,1387029512.],
[1387029209.,1387029310.,1387029411.,1387029512.]])
y = np.array([[143., 143., 133., 143.],
[172., 162., 122., 172.],
[201., 241., 201., 201.]])

z = np.random.rand(3,4)
fig = pyplot.figure()

dnt = dates.num2date(dates.epoch2num(x[0]))

c = ax2.contour(dnt,y[:,0],z)
for coll in c.collections:
ax2.collections.remove(coll)
ax2.patch.set_alpha(0.0)
time_format = dates.DateFormatter('%H:%M')
ax2.xaxis.set_major_formatter(time_format)

ax1.contourf(x,y,z)
#ax1.tick_params(axis='x',which='both',bottom='off',top='off',labelbottom='off')

pyplot.show()

···

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