List of METAR/TAF Abbreviations

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$

maintenance check indicator

-

light intensity

+

heavy intensity

/

indicator that visual range data follows; separator between temperature and dew point data.

ACC

altocumulus castellanus

ACFT MSHP

aircraft mishap

ACSL

altocumulus standing lenticular cloud

ALP

airport location point

AO1

automated station without precipitation discriminator

AO2

automated station with precipitation discriminator

APRNT

apparent

APRX

approximately

ATCT

airport traffic control tower

AUTO

automated report

B

began

BC

patches

BKN

broken

BL

blowing

BR

mist

C

center (with reference to runway designation)

CA

cloud-air lightning

CB

cumulonimbus cloud

CBMAM

cumulonimbus mammatus cloud

CC

cloud-cloud lightning

CCSL

cirrocumulus standing lenticular cloud

CG

cloud-ground lightning

CHI

cloud-height indicator

CHINO

sky condition at secondary location not available

CIG

ceiling

CLR

clear

CONS

continuous

COR

correction to a previously disseminated report

DOC

Department of Commerce

DOD

Department of Defense

DOT

Department of Transportation

DR

low drifting

DS

duststorm

DSNT

distant

DU

widespread dust

DZ

drizzle

E

east, ended

FAA

Federal Aviation Administration

FC

funnel cloud

FEW

few clouds

FG

fog

FIBI

filed but impracticable to transmit

FIRST

first observation after a break in coverage at manual station

FROPA

frontal passage

FRQ

frequent

FT

feet

FU

smoke

FZ

freezing

FZRANO

freezing rain sensor not available

G

gust

GR

hail

GS

small hail and/or snow pellets

HZ

haze

IC

ice crystals, in-cloud lightning

ICAO

International Civil Aviation Organization

KT

knots

L

left (with reference to runway designation)

LAST

last observation before a break in coverage at a manual station

LST

Local Standard Time

LTG

lightning

LWR

lower

M

minus, less than

METAR

aviation routine weather report

MI

shallow

MOV

moved/moving/movement

MT

mountains

N

north

N/A

not applicable

NCDC

National Climatic Data Center

NE

northeast

NOS

National Ocean Service

NOSPECI

no SPECI reports are taken at the station

NW

northwest

NWS

National Weather Service

OCNL

occasional

OFCM

Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

OVC

overcast

OHD

overhead

P

greater than

PE

ice pellets

PK WND

peak wind

PNO

precipitation amount not available

PO

dust/sand whirls (dust devils)

PR

partial

PRESFR

pressure falling rapidly

PRESRR

pressure rising rapidly

PWINO

precipitation identifier sensor not available

PY

spray

R

right (with reference to runway designation)

RA

rain

RVR

Runway Visual Range

RVRNO

RVR system not available

RWY

runway

S

south

SA

sand

SCSL

stratocumulus standing lenticular cloud

SCT

scattered

SE

southeast

SFC

surface

SG

snow grains

SH

shower(s)

SKC

sky clear

SLP

sea-level pressure

SLPNO

sea-level pressure not available

SM

statute miles

SN

snow

SNINCR

snow increasing rapidly

SPECI

an unscheduled report taken when certain criteria have been met

SQ

squalls

SS

sandstorm

SW

southwest

TCU

towering cumulus

TS

thunderstorm

TSNO

thunderstorm information not available

TWR

tower

UP

unknown precipitation

UTC

Coordinated Universal Time

V

variable

VA

volcanic ash

VC

in the vicinity

VIS

visibility

VISNO

visibility at secondary location not available

VRB

variable

VV

vertical visibility

W

west

WG/SO

Working Group for Surface Observations

WMO

World Meteorological Organization

WND

wind

WSHFT

wind shift

Z

zulu, i.e., Coordinated Universal Time