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Fly2HMO
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Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:09 am

KPRC 032353Z 24025G49KT 10SM BKN065 BKN080 12/M08 A2951 RMK AO2 PK WND 20049/2349 SLP950 T01171078 10150 20117 56016

So those are conditions right now in KPRC. The wind is insane, and the pressure is ridiculously low. Heck I even needed crosswind correction in my car! lol. I remember a few years ago, a METAR was out for PRC with G60KT  eyepopping  Dunno why but out here every spring it gets ridiculously windy. Good for xwind practice Big grin

So what are some extreme METARs or other aviation WX phenomena you've seen?
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:02 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
24025G49KT

Sounds like a bumpy approach...  Wink

Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
A2951



Quoting FLY2HMO (Thread starter):
the pressure is ridiculously low

This morning we had 29.46 during approach to ORD. And I have seen lower already. It is not incredible low, but it is low.

wilco737
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:08 am



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 1):
This morning we had 29.46 during approach to ORD

DEN is showing 29.39 right now with that storm approaching. Went out of CMH this afternoon and it was reading 29.45 around 4pm local.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:11 am



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 1):
29.46



Quoting DescendVia (Reply 2):
29.39

Jeez, what's the lowest altimeter setting in the Kollsman window anyways, 29.20?
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:39 am

Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 3):
Jeez, what's the lowest altimeter setting in the Kollsman window anyways, 29.20?

I don't know what the lowest possible is, but I can remember the lowest I ever had was below 29.00. Somewhere around 28.93 or so. And the highest I have seen was 30.95.

wilco737

[Edited 2009-04-03 18:40:49]
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:59 am

Mount Washington (KMWN)

SURFACE WEATHER
MWN 040000 METAR 032350Z 13037G47KT 1/8SM RA FG VV002 03/03
RMK 60038 4/009 10046 21000
MWN 040100 METAR 040049Z 14040KT 1/16SM -RA FG VV001 05/05
MWN 040200 METAR 040150Z 13031G41KT 1/8SM -RA FG VV002 04/04
RMK RAB30E55

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:19 am

I grabbed this one a couple years back and used it in ground schools I taught:

KSLN 210553Z AUTO 02014KT 5SM BR OVC009 01/M01 A2982 RMK AO2 UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14 CIG 007V014 SLP107 P0000 60005 T00061011 10011 20006 400330006 51016 TSNO
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:38 am



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14

What the freak is that!?!?!

Best I can make out of it is some sort of coordinates for WX in a specific area.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:00 am



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14

This is kinda a guess but is it:

Unknown Precip. began 11 past the hour, ended 12 past the hour, began 44 past the hour, ended 47 past the hour. Freezing Rain began 29 past the hour, ended 44 past the hour. Snow ended 11 past the hour, began 12 past the hour, ended 14 past the hour.

is that close?
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:11 am



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14

I would say its just a friggin mess....
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:26 am

Here's the Montreal Trudeau METAR. Notice the altimeter setting.

METAR CYUL 040500Z 05010KT 10SM SCT008 OVC028 10/09 A2903 RMK SF3NS5
SLP832=

The LP system is almost directly overhead...
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:40 am



Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 8):
is that close?

Hmm, yeah now that you put it that way it makes sense, yet I don't see the point of reporting with that much detail...

Quoting Dispatchguy (Reply 9):
I would say its just a friggin mess....

Best answer so far Big grin
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 6:37 am

When the last hurricaine blew through Houston (last summer), I recorded the METARs in a Tech/Ops thread...  Smile IIRC, the highest we noted was something like 60G82 at HOU ( IAH's AWOS was knocked out, and, suprise suprise, there was no human observer to report conditions  Wink ).

Here it is:

https://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/tech_ops/read.main/237562/

Enjoy!
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:03 am

during a typhoon.

PGUA 160631Z 33084G205KT 0SM +RA VV000 23/22 A2891 RMK WR//=
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:21 pm



Quoting Jgarrido (Reply 13):
33084G205KT

Hum...... that right at my limit I would say  Smile
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:28 pm



Quoting DescendVia (Reply 14):
Hum...... that right at my limit I would say Smile

That sounds more like the ability to fly backwards  airplane 

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:31 pm



Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 8):


Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14

This is kinda a guess but is it:

Unknown Precip. began 11 past the hour, ended 12 past the hour, began 44 past the hour, ended 47 past the hour. Freezing Rain began 29 past the hour, ended 44 past the hour. Snow ended 11 past the hour, began 12 past the hour, ended 14 past the hour.

is that close?

You win!

You guys are scratching your heads, you should have seen the looks on the faces of student pilots when I threw that up there as they were starting to get comfortable with metars. UP always throws people off.  Smile
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:56 pm

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
KSLN 210553Z AUTO 02014KT 5SM BR OVC009 01/M01 A2982 RMK AO2 UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14 CIG 007V014 SLP107 P0000 60005 T00061011 10011 20006 400330006 51016 TSNO

2nd day of the month, 0553 zulu observation, automated, 5sm visibility, mist, overcast at 900, temp 1 celcius, dewpoint minus 1 celcius, altimeter 29.82inHg, remarks, automated observation station with precip discriminator, unknown precip began 11 past the previous hour, ended 12 past, began again at 44 past, ended at 47 past, freezing rain began at 29 past, ended at 44 past, snow ended at 11 past, began again at 12 past and ended at 14 past the hour....ceiling variable between 700 and 1400 overcast, sea level pressure 1010.7mb, the rest has to do with the amount of precip that has fallen, and the temperature and dewpoint down to the decimal (temp 000.61 C, dewpoint 01.1 C below zero I believe).


I don't know where to find them but a couple months ago I saw one over Edwards AFB in California, a B-2 reported mod-sev turbulence.

I've also seen a couple that had the winds gusting into the mid 70kt. region as a line of storms approached. Yeehaw!



[Edited 2009-04-04 10:09:51]
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:16 pm



Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 17):
2nd day of the month

21st at 0553Z  Wink
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:23 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):

What the freak is that!?!?!

You are going for your CFI ride? You will NEED to know how to decode a METAR....
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:25 pm



Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 16):
UP always throws people off.

Same with the $ symbol. Always love giving them bizarre NOTAM contractions, as well. Talk about some great "deer in the headlights" looks.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:34 pm



Quoting DescendVia (Reply 18):
21st at 0553Z  

Ha ha, thanks. Long night.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:03 pm

Saw this at YVR the other night.... talk about a gust factor!

SPECI CYVR 030513Z 30020G62KT 15SM SCT040 06/ RMK SC4=
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:05 am



Quoting Onetogo (Reply 19):
You are going for your CFI ride? You will NEED to know how to decode a METAR....

I know how to decode your everyday routine METAR thank you very much. It's the random stuff that you never see like this:

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 6):
UPB11E12B44E47FZRAB29E44SNE11B12E14

that not only me but others would have trouble with.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:30 am



Quoting Onetogo (Reply 20):
Same with the $ symbol. Always love giving them bizarre NOTAM contractions, as well. Talk about some great "deer in the headlights" looks.

$ is easy to remember. It means someone better go spend some money to fix the automated weather observer.

Those deer in headlight looks are great fun to watch as an instructor. Big grin
Snow Grains and Spray were two of the best for confusing students. Dust Storms worked well for me too since nobody in Florida was used to seeing that on a METAR.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:39 am



Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 17):
(temp 000.61 C, dewpoint 01.1 C below zero I believe).

Actually, it's only to one decimal place - therefore, temperature positive 0.6 degrees and dew point negative 1.1. The "1" in front of the dew point reading indicates a negative value.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 24):
$ is easy to remember. It means someone better go spend some money to fix the automated weather observer.

That's what I've always been told...something's broken and you're gonna need money to fix it.

Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 24):
Those deer in headlight looks are great fun to watch as an instructor. Big grin
Snow Grains and Spray were two of the best for confusing students. Dust Storms worked well for me too since nobody in Florida was used to seeing that on a METAR.

My favorite (although rather common) is BR...I've been told to remember it as "baby rain". Big grin
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:51 pm

One that I have problems with is some of those extra numbers after the T values as well as TSNO. I keep wanting to say TSNO is Thunder Storms? NO says the AWOS man......  Smile But its actually TS info not available (like it really matters).
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:40 pm



Quoting DescendVia (Reply 26):
I keep wanting to say TSNO is Thunder Storms?

Or thundersnow?  Wink
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:14 am



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 23):
I know how to decode your everyday routine METAR thank you very much. It's the random stuff that you never see like this:

Sure, absolutely. But remember, it's the "random stuff that you never see" that the inspector will be asking you on the oral!
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:14 am



Quoting N243NW (Reply 25):
Actually, it's only to one decimal place - therefore, temperature positive 0.6 degrees and dew point negative 1.1. The "1" in front of the dew point reading indicates a negative value.

Ah, gotcha. Thanks for the clarification!
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:11 am



Quoting Alaska737 (Reply 8):
Unknown Precip. began 11 past the hour, ended 12 past the hour, began 44 past the hour, ended 47 past the hour. Freezing Rain began 29 past the hour, ended 44 past the hour. Snow ended 11 past the hour, began 12 past the hour, ended 14 past the hour.

So basically, here's your hour:

00-11: snow
11-12: unknown precip
12-14: snow
14-29: no precip
29-44: freezing rain
44-47: unknown precip

Lot of stuff going on.

Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 16):
UP always throws people off.

Apparently, it throws the precipitation discriminator at the observation station off, too.

"Something's definitely coming down, but I'll be damned if I know what the hell it is!"  Smile

Quoting N243NW (Reply 25):
My favorite (although rather common) is BR...I've been told to remember it as "baby rain".

I must be the only one who remembers it as short for "brumaire", the french word for mist.

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:43 pm



Quoting N243NW (Reply 25):
My favorite (although rather common) is BR...I've been told to remember it as "baby rain". Big grin

or you could say it's "barely raining"
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:16 pm



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 23):
It's the random stuff that you never see like this:

That's funny, I just pulled up a few METARs for OH and PA just now and found these.

KMGY 061853Z AUTO 33012G20KT 10SM SCT013 BKN019 OVC028 03/01 A2963 RMK AO2 RAE1759B15E17UPB1759E47 SLP038 P0000 T00330006

KMNN 061853Z AUTO 34023KT 9SM UP SCT012 BKN019 OVC026 02/01 A2956 RMK AO2 PK WND 33028/1838 UPB01RAB04E08SNE01B08E19 SLP019 P0000 T00220006

KERI 061851Z 29008G18KT 9SM -FZRA OVC003 02/01 A2935 RMK AO2 UPE1755B23E27FZRAB1755E23B27 SLP943 P0000 T00170011

I hope you don't tell your students it's not important to know how to read these.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:29 pm



Quoting Mir (Reply 30):
Apparently, it throws the precipitation discriminator at the observation station off, too.

"Something's definitely coming down, but I'll be damned if I know what the hell it is!"

Can someone tell me the difference between:

-Frozen rain
-Freezing rain
-Sleet
-Slush
-Hail

 eyebrow  (Well, as an instrument rated pilot, I do confess I know what freezing rain is, something to stay the heck away from!)

Also, when I moved to the Pacific Northwest, this desert rat got an education, and I was taught, by weathermen and my neighbors, that there is indeed a difference between showers and rain...  Wink
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:13 am



Quoting Jgarrido (Reply 13):
PGUA 160631Z 33084G205KT 0SM +RA VV000 23/22 A2891 RMK WR//=

Ah no problem, just ask a wind check on final haha :P
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:51 pm



Quoting KELPkid (Reply 33):
Can someone tell me the difference between:

-Frozen rain
-Freezing rain
-Sleet
-Slush
-Hail

While your question might have been tongue-in-cheek, it's an interesting one. (Ok, I thought it was interesting...)

Freezing rain and sleet are almost opposites. Sleet freezes on the way down and freezing rain freezes on ground contact.

The difference between sleet vs hail appears to be how each forms. Sleet simply freezes on the way down. Hail freezes when rain is blown upwards into a cold air layer (by thunderstorm updrafts). Thus, sleet is a winter phenomenon, and hail a summer one. Hail tends to be larger than sleet, but otherwise I don't think there is any significant difference on the ground.

Slush is a ground thing (partially frozen water slurry) and I don't think it's correct to use "slush" to describe any form of precipitation.

The one I didn't find any particular definition of is frozen rain, and I'm guessing that it's an ad hoc description rather than a term of art.

The related weather term that I really loathe is "wintry mix", which I think is relatively recent. It just sounds so candy-ass.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Apr 07, 2009 6:49 pm



Quoting N243NW (Reply 27):
Quoting DescendVia (Reply 26):
I keep wanting to say TSNO is Thunder Storms?

Or thundersnow?  

I like it!

Time to petition for a code for thundersnow.  Big grin
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Wed Apr 15, 2009 4:45 am

Is there anyone can send me a private message on how to decode METARS?
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:04 am

check google! or wiki, lots of info.

Just search 'decode metar'

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:49 am

Hey all,

Sorry about resurrecting this thread, but here's a nice little sampling of the most interesting METARs I've seen since I started saving them in a text file on my computer this past spring. I've gotten to be sort of a METAR junkie and figured this list would help me in the future if I have some really naughty student pilots to deal with  


4/24/2010
METAR KSTL 242151Z 15018G45KT 2SM R30R/5000VP6000FT TSRA BR SCT005 BKN019CB OVC033 16/13 A2921 RMK AO2 PK WND 14045/2142 TSB20GRB38E43 SLP888 FRQ LTGICCG ALQDS TS ALQDS MOV NE GR 1/4 P0053 T01560133 $


6/12/2010
METAR KSTL 122120Z 24007KT 10SM FEW016 SCT039 BKN080 BKN250 30/24 A2998 RMK AO2 TSE19RAE11 VIRGA NE-E CB DSNT N-S MOV NE TCU DSNT SW-NW P0008


6/15/2010
METAR KCPS 151915Z 27014G23KT 1/2SM +TSRA FG FEW008 BKN018 OVC045 22/21 A2989 RMK AO2 WSHFT 1901 LTG DSNT ALQDS TSB06RAB04 P0047

METAR KBLV 151955Z 27014G27KT 3/4SM R14R/1800VP6000FT TSRA BR FEW003 BKN017 BKN049 BKN060 23/22 A2994 RMK AO2A PK WND 30037/1936 TS ALQDS MOV NE RAB1933 TSB1926 PRESRR SLP136 P0015 T02310221

METAR KSET 151916Z AUTO 28017G21KT 1 3/4SM +TSRA BR FEW022 BKN036 BKN050 24/22 A2989 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT ALQDS PRESRR P0009

METAR KCGI 151921Z 27014G61KT 190V360 1/4SM TS HZ SQ FEW007 SCT060 26/19 A2995


10/26/2010
METAR KSTL 260915Z 24041G54KT 1/8SM R30R/P6000FT +TSRA SQ FEW045 BKN060CB BKN110 22/17 A2921 RMK AO2 PK WND 22054/0913 TSB04RAB0858 PRESRR OCNL LTGIC ALQDS TS ALQDS MOV E P0000

METAR KSTL 260926Z 25020G31KT 5SM R30R/2200VP6000FT -TSRA BR FEW018 BKN030 OVC060CB 19/17 A2919 RMK AO2 PK WND 22054/0913 WSHFT 0904 TSB04RAB0858 FROPA OCNL LTGIC NE-SE TS NE-SE MOV E P0024


10/27/2010 (this was during the spate of historic low pressure readings across the northern US)
METAR KORB 270434Z AUTO 22004KT 2 1/2SM DZ OVC006 05/03 A2831 RMK AO2 P0001

METAR K2WX 270456Z AUTO 30042G50KT 02/M05 A2934 RMK AO1 PK WND 30050/0456 SLP956 T00171050 $


12/27/2010
METAR KEWR 270351Z COR 34025G42KT 1/4SM R04R/2000V3000FT +SN BLSN OVC002 M04/M06 A2924 RMK AO2 PK WND 34042/0342 SLP901 SNINCR 2/16 P0013 T10391056 $

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:40 am

Quoting N243NW (Reply 39):
I've gotten to be sort of a METAR junkie

  

That's some extreme weather right there. What's 'ALQDS'?
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Jan 03, 2011 3:21 pm

Quoting etherealsky (Reply 40):
What's 'ALQDS'?

All quadrants (if you saw something like LTGICCG NE, it would mean that the lightning was in the northeast, but in this case it's all over the place)

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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:25 pm

I always liked this one. We were headed to APA when it popped up.
 
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Mon Jan 03, 2011 7:07 pm

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 42):
We were headed to APA when it popped up.

And then I imagine you were headed somewhere else?  

-Mir
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:10 am

Quoting DashTrash (Reply 42):
I always liked this one. We were headed to APA when it popped up.

What's with the "+" symbol? I thought that was only for precipitation. Strange.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:41 am

Quoting N243NW (Reply 44):
What's with the "+" symbol? I thought that was only for precipitation. Strange.

Lots of debris  
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:47 am

Quoting futureualpilot (Reply 45):

Yeah, the + only shows up when the ATC starts picking up radar returns from cows and large trees.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:46 am



Quoting SXDFC (Reply 37):
Is there anyone can send me a private message on how to decode METARS?

For those, like me, who cannot read these easily, this comes in handy: http://www.efalk.org/metar.html

[Edited 2011-01-03 19:55:01]
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:27 am

Quoting etherealsky (Reply 46):
Yeah, the + only shows up when the ATC starts picking up radar returns from cows and large trees.

Although I like that theory, I'm hesitant to believe it. 

I just noticed that it's a corrected report. It's possible that while making the correction, a human accidentally (or purposefully) added the "+" to the funnel cloud.
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RE: Crazy METARs!

Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:14 am

Quoting Mir (Reply 43):
And then I imagine you were headed somewhere else?

-Mir

Nope. It was sunny when we landed.

Quoting N243NW (Reply 44):
What's with the "+" symbol? I thought that was only for precipitation. Strange.

Funnel cloud always has the plus sign. I have no idea why.

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