||[Jan. 31st, 2011|01:21 am]
Step One: Visit the Logos Hope in Port Rashid, Dubai, with dubaiwalla. Buy a couple of books on weather and meteorology.
Step Two: Get your pilot friend to show you The Weather Underground, and explain to you how to read the METAR format, on your phone, at a bar.
Step Three: Document for LJ.
Weatherunderground is awesome.
I never thought about the METAR format before, very cool. If this was Facebook, I'd click "like".
It's a totally foreign language!
Your Meterological Aerodrome Report says:
Jan 30, 18:52Z
Winds, 240deg at 9 knots
Visibility, 10 statute miles
Sky condition, Few at 6000', Scattered at 15,000', Broken at 25,000'
Temperature, 20C, Dewpoint 04C
Altimeter 30.08" Hg
Remarks, Automatic Report with precipitation discrimination.
Sea Level Pressure, 1085 milibars
Temperature Observation 20.0C, Dewpoint 04.4C
Aside from wunderground, aviationweather.gov has a good METAR tool. Also, FMH1 (Federal Meterological Handbook) has lots more detail. For example, "hail" is "GR", and "mist" is "BR".
Think "Gravel" and "Baby Rain", unless you know French, in which case you'd think "grêle" and "Brume".
I love wunderground. I visit at least daily. Sigh...it brings me joy, seeing the internet being put to such good use.