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Metar And A Sigmet  
User currently offlinetakisG From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6894 times:

Hey Guys,

Could anyone tell me what those two terms mean: METAR, SIGMET?
I came across them when applying for a virtual airline.

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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1462 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6842 times:

METARs are weather reports at an airport. Usually look something like this:
METAR CYAM 131800Z 10008KT 15SM FEW035 FEW140 FEW240 13/04 A2989 RMK

SIGMETs are "significant meteorologic" events ie thunder storms where a weather station will put out to caution pilots about.
Heres an example:
WSCN32 CWEG 131635

Decoding them is another thing. A Google search should probably explain that.


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User currently offlinegoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6170 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6735 times:

In the case of your second example, it would no longer be a SIGMET, but an AIRMET.

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User currently onlineAeolus From Mexico, joined Aug 2007, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

How does one interpret METARS?
What does it say?


Flying under the clouds above!
User currently offlinetpa36r From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6714 times:

Here you go.....

METAR CYAM(station ident) 131800Z (day of the month and time in Zulu) 10008KT (wind) 15SM (vis in SM) FEW035 (few clouds at 3500) FEW140 (few at 14000) FEW240 (few at fl240) 13/04 (temp 13C/dewpoint) A2989 (altim measure) RMK (remarks section

User currently onlineAeolus From Mexico, joined Aug 2007, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6706 times:

Quoting tpa36r (Reply 4):



Flying under the clouds above!
User currently offlinekriso From Faroe Islands, joined Apr 2010, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6280 times:

A good explaination of METAR can be found here.


[Edited 2010-05-05 01:26:01]

[Edited 2010-05-05 01:26:22]

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