METAR Question...


#1

Here’s the current observation from Hong Kong:

VHHH 250700Z 23027KT 4100 SHRA FEW008 SCT020 BKN050 26/24 Q0999 RERA WS RWY25R TEMPO 23030G40KT 2000 +SHRA FEW008CB SCT012 BKN040

Anybody know what RERA and WS mean? I can’t find either in any glossaries. If WS is waterspout, shouldn’t that be +FC?


#2

VHHH 250700Z 23027KT 4100 SHRA FEW008 SCT020 BKN050 26/24 Q0999 RERA WS RWY25R TEMPO 23030G40KT 2000 +SHRA FEW008CB SCT012 BKN040

Decoded Report:

Location: VHHH
Day of month: 25
Time: 07:00 UTC
Wind: True direction = 230 degrees, Speed: 27 knots
Visibility: 4100 m
Weather: Showers of Rain
Clouds: A few , at 800 feet above aerodrome level
Clouds: Scattered , at 2000 feet above aerodrome level
Clouds: Broken sky , at 5000 feet above aerodrome level
Temperature: 26 degrees Celsius
Dewpoint: 24 degrees Celsius
QNH (Sea-level pressure): 999 hPa
Since the previous observation (but not at present), the following
meteorological phenomena were observed: Rain
There is wind-shear in runway 25 Right
The following weather phenomena are expected to arise temporarily:
Wind: True direction = 230 degrees, Speed: 30 knots, with Gusts of maximum speed 40 knots
Visibility: 2000 m
Weather: Strong Showers of Rain
Clouds: A few , at 800 feet above aerodrome level, cumulonimbus
Clouds: Scattered , at 1200 feet above aerodrome level
Clouds: Broken sky , at 4000 feet above aerodrome level

RERA= Recent Rain…Since the previous observation (but not at present), the following meteorological phenomena were observed.

WS= Wind Shear


#3

aaahhh ok. Yeah I pretty much knew all the other stuff on there, but couldn’t figure out the ones I bolded. Thanks az.

BTW, that report was recorded an hour or so after the cyclone made landfall about 45-50 miles east of the airport…


#4

Your welcome…I just pasted/posted the whole decode for other readers that may not entirely understand metars, as the international stuff can be a little different. :wink: