For the non pilots out there, the key points are the wind is blowing 20 knots, visibility is 2000 meters in blowing sand, but it is clear and temperature is 30 Celsius.
Don’t think I’ll take the motorcycle out today.
I think his point was that it looked like you converted meters to miles and then to kilometers. That would be silly since 1 km is exactly, by definition, 1000 meters, hence the name KILOmeters. The conversion to miles is the only approximation (about 0.62 miles/km) .
Not exactly an echo, more of a clarification.
Unless I missed something in this exchange, of course.
This thread reminds me of the first time I saw BLDU in a METAR and then in Real Life BLSA (or BLDU for that matter) is not something in which I’d want to fly a regularly equipped aircraft.
Nah, I did that in the specific order purposely since people that may be like myself relate to miles vs the metric system.
I knew that 2000 meters equal 2 km, but for me, I need to related to to something I am familiar with, thus going in the order I did in my initial reply. After all, US METARS are in miles.
I’d suspect around AZ area, BLDU / BLSA is a common event from what I have observed from a distance.
Like you said, for a little guy like myself, that environment would not be condusive of safe operations of a piston plane. Bad for the engine, and I’d suspect the paint would get sand blasted off as well.
I have a headache now. Or to put it another way, now I headache have.
Anyway, to answer Allens original question meters are used for short range visibilities. 0-9000, with 10km being the next one. When you get into the old Soviet Union they also use millimeters of mercury instead of millibars and they use meters per second for wind speed.
Wind is just about finished but it’s still pretty dusty out there.