Starting July 1st, 1996, there's going to be a big change in the way aviation weather comes over the wire. At the stroke of 0800 Zulu, those old familiar SAs and FTs will be replaced by strange-looking mumbo-jumbo called METARs and TAFs. If you're a pilot or controller, you'd better learn how to decipher them. Here's some tips on how to do that, straight from the fellow at the National Weather Service who's in charge of this changeover.
By Howard Diamond
, NWS METAR/TAF Implementation Manager Office of Systems Operations | May 21, 1996