I am not exactly sure how to use datetime objects instead of strings.
This is the code I am working with at the moment and the code works except for the dates, they are just weird numbers along the x-axis.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from numpy import ma as MA
from mpl_toolkits.basemap import Basemap
from datetime import datetime
import os
from osgeo import gdal, gdalnumeric, ogr, osr
import glob
from datetime import date, timedelta
import matplotlib.dates as mdates
import time

rainmax=[]
yearmonthlist=[]
yearmonth_int=[]

OutputFolder=r"E:/test_out/"
GLOBTEMPLATE = r"e:/Rainfall/rainfall-{year}/r{year}{month:02}??.txt"

def accumulate_month(year, month):
    files = glob.glob(GLOBTEMPLATE.format(year=year, month=month))
    monthlyrain=[]
    monthlyrainaust=[]
    for ifile in files:
        f=np.genfromtxt(ifile,skip_header=6)
        monthlyrain.append(f)
    yearmonth=str(year)+str(month)
    d=datetime.strptime(yearmonth, '%Y%m')
    date_string=d.strftime('%Y%m')
    yearmonthint=int(date_string)
    yearmonth_int.append(yearmonthint)
    yearmonthlist.append(yearmonth)
    r_max=np.max(monthlyrain)
    rainmax.append(r_max)
   
  
###loop through months and years
stop_month = datetime(2011, 04, 01)
month = datetime(2011, 01, 01)
while month < stop_month:
    accumulate_month(month.year, month.month)
    month += timedelta(days=32)
    month = month.replace(day=01)

   
x=yearmonthlist
y=rainmax
x2=yearmonth_int

print x, y, x2

fig, ax=plt.subplots(1)

z=np.polyfit(x2,y,1)
p=np.poly1d(z)

plt.plot(x,y)
plt.plot(x,p(x2),'r--') #add trendline to plot
print "y=%.6fx+(%.6f)"%(z[0],z[1])

fig.autofmt_xdate()
ax.fmt_xdata=mdates.DateFormatter('%Y%m')
ax.xaxis.set_major_formatter(mdates.DateFormatter('%Y%m'))

plt.xlabel("year-month")
plt.ylabel("Precipitation (mm)")
plt.title("Max monthly Precipition")
plt.savefig(OutputFolder+"MaxMonthlyPrecip.png")
plt.show()





On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 2:31 AM, Goyo <goyodiaz@gmail.com> wrote:
El día 12 de abril de 2012 03:46, questions anon
<questions.anon@gmail.com> escribió:

> I am not sure how to recognise that x-axis are dates like 20110101,
> 20110102, 20110103 etc.

Use datetime objects instead of strings.

Goyo