Study Break: Explaining the METAR

Stepping outside today its hard to ignore that fact that fall is right around the corner. Today, it feels like it has already arrived. Feeling burnt out from studying so, I thought I’d share one way us pilots look at the weather. Below is Livermore’s current METAR, a format for reporting weather information, and an explanation of what it means.

KLVK 082053Z 28016G21KT 10SM BKN028 18/09 A2988

KLVK – The reporting station, Livermore Municipal Airport

082053Z – The report was formed on the 8th day of the month, at 2053 Zulu (or Greenwich Mean Time)

28016G21KT – Winds are from a heading of 280 degrees, speed is 16 knots gusting to 21 knots (quite blustery today!)

10SM – Visibility is 10 statute miles

BKN028 – There is a broken cloud layer (broken means clouds cover 5/8 to 7/8 of the sky) at 2,800 feet AGL (Above Ground Level)

18/09 – Temperature is 18 degrees Celsius (64 F) and the dew point is 9 degrees C

A2988 – Atmospheric pressure is 29.88 inches of mercury, this is what we set in the altimeter

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~ by Marcus on September 8, 2010.

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