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METAR (MEteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report) Station Network

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Observation stations within the METAR (Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report) Station Network transmit their observations in the form of a daily METAR message. The METAR messages are produced by Synoptic observations for aviation purposes. Most stations report hourly. The METAR message is transmitted from 562 observation stations across the globe (airfields), this includes 131 UK stations. The METAR message contains observed elements such as cloud amount, wind speed and direction, visibility, present weather, and maximum gust speed.

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platformType:      station_group
location:      GeographicBoundingBox: Longitude: -177.367 to 177.533; Latitude: 82.520 to -53.800
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For more information on the observation stations and instruments used to collect measurements which are transmitted in a METAR message, the Met Office Surface Data Users Guide, describes the meteorological surface data in the Met Office Database - MIDAS.

For more information about the observation stations which transmit the METAR message, the MIDAS stations map gives the exact locations of all conforming observation stations.

Who to contact

If you have queries about these pages or about obtaining the Met Office surface stations data from the BADC then you should contact CEDA Support. Your query should be answered within one working day. When follow-up work is required, the CEDA support will carry out the work as quickly and efficiently as possible, and in any case, the user will be kept informed of progress.

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