Let's Play "CRAZY METARs!"

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  1. AggieMike88

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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    To initiate a fun way for me to prepare for upcoming regional airline interviews, share with me some of the more challenging METARS you had to decode.

    Gouge for more than one regional includes I will be asked to decode METARS including the remarks sections. I am expecting to be presented with examples that have items I don't routinely see.

    Rules:
    1. METARS must be in their "raw" form, including the remarks
    2. Anyone can submit and anyone can attempt to decode.
    3. The more crazy and lengthy, the better.
     
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    I'll start with an easy one...

    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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    I’m not sure why times for U P-ing are important, but…:dunno:
     
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    Probably true for almost anything after RMK in a METAR. Interviewers asking those types of questions are really just playing "Stump the Chump" to see how you react.
     
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    P0050 means what?
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    (doing as much as possible without looking at AC 00-45H)

    KSLN, issued 21st of month, 0553Z
    • Automated report (versus manual)
    • Wind 020 @ 14 knots
    • Visibility 5 SM, Mist
    • Ceilings 900feet overcast
    • Temp 01°C, Dewpoint -1°C
    • Altimeter 29.82 in Hg

    REMARKS
    • Automated station with precipitation descrimeter
    • Unknown precipitation began @ 11 after the hour, ending @ 12 after the hour, began again at 44 after hour ending at 47 after the hour.
    • Freezing rain started at 29 after the hour ending at 44 after the hour
    • Snow began at 12 after the our and ended at 14 after the hour
    • Ceilings variable between 700 and 1400 feet
    • Sea level pressure 1010.7 minibars (or hPA)
    • Precipitation was light
    • 60005 (don't know this)
    • Temps +0.6°C, the "1" in this group means minus, so dew point was -1.1°C
    • The next 4 groups, I don't know.
    • TSNO means a lightning sensor is present, but not operating.
     
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    Half inch of rain in the last hour.
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    And possibly determine if you actually studied for the interview.

    Since my next interview is in CLT, I wonder if I get to use "phone a friend" and get ScottD on the line.
     
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    GR 1/2 inch?
     
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    WAA?

    9/SSS
     
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    I'm from North Dakota, so I think I'm ineligible for league play on crazy weather. But here are a couple with an unusual entry or two:

    CYXX 212100Z 23009KT 25SM FEW035 FEW040 SCT062 OVC075 19/13 A3028 RMK CU1SC2SC2AC4 CU TR SLP256 DENSITY ALT 400FT
    CYWH 212100Z 18006KT 15SM FEW040 BKN070 BKN160 14/11 A3028 RMK CU2AC3AC2 SLP256
    KSUU 212058Z AUTO 01009KT 10SM CLR 38/04 A2986 RMK AO2 SLP118 T03780035 57010 $
     
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    Only half as mean as the Grinch who stole Christmas.
     
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    Nothing all that challenging to decipher, but from last Monday...
    KFWA 140245Z 36064G85KT 1/4SM +TSRA SQ FEW014 OVC030CB
     
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    I'm surprised the airport is still there....

    Station: KFWA, Observation, 14th of month at 0245 Z

    Wind 360, 64 knots gusting 85
    Visibility 1/4 Statute Mile
    Thunderstorms with Heavy Rain and Squalls
    Few Clouds at 1,400 AGL, Overcast at 3000 AGL with cumulonimbus
     
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    Skywest had a maintenance hangar get torn up on the field. Someone my wife knows lives near the field and had wood embedded into the side of their house like you'd see in actual tornadoes. This was all straight line from a big bow last Monday.
     
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    And the raw, undecoded (or would that be just "coded"? ) METARS are still used because????
     
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    If asked to decode a metar, the correct answer is, ''Why.?? We are going anyway..."
     
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    There is a slider in jeppview that turns on metar/taf decoding.

    why are they even asking the question. Seems dumb.
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    Same idea with AeroWeather App.

    Why they want to dig into the weeds of a METAR? Don’t know. But that is what the interview gouge says to expect.
     
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    To make a 10 minute interview last an hour.??

    To make the interviewers sound like they know what they are doing.??
     
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    Are you sure it’s not just a hazing ritual to make you study obscure METAR codes? :)
     
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    At least it’s an easy dumb question.
     
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    We’re tracking off course… let’s return to the game.
     
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    I took some pieces out and asked, because I have found some people are used to seeing them in a certain form, but don't know what individual bits mean. Can you answer my questions above?
     
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    The original "I don't know it all" of aviation.
    One was hail 0.5 inch in size.

    The other I’ll need to reference the AC and will do so in the morning
     
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    "Minibars"? Like a regular bar, but smaller?
     
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    You could do that 'ask the audience' thing. Let us know when it's going to be. Then go into Chat here. We'll be waiting for you.
     
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    Yes, and in comparison with a millibar, which is 1/1000th of a bar and probably not worth drinking at.
     
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    Been many years ago and I believe the format may have changed but… former coworker flying one of our essential airoutes through New Mexico had an hourly showing NOTROD. Ended up walking over to FSS after landing (back when you could do that) to ask about it. Was told it stood for “No Observation Taken, Rattlesnake On Doorstep”
     
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    We have a winner!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Want a challenge?

    10001000100000111010101110110001.
     
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    I did find a reference for 5-digit codes such as one of those I posted above, and you probably want to know at least some of the types of information they can convey. But one of the samples I found along the way had a 6-digit code that neither I nor the decoder web page I found could decode. For bonus points, you could learn those and stump the interviewer. Always a popular move.
     
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