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Offline Baradium

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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2008, 11:40:07 PM »
PAFA 011253Z 20004KT 2SM -RA BR FEW008 BKN014 OVC030 09/07 A2975 RMK AO2 RAB03 SLP078 VIS N 3 P0002 T00890072

PAFA 011753Z 20003KT 1 3/4SM R01L/5000VP6000FT -RA BR BKN005 OVC012 11/09 A2977 RMK AO2 RAB16 SLP086 P0001 60006 T01060089 10106 20089 51005

PABR 021753Z AUTO 25007KT 10SM BKN005 BKN008 OVC021 01/00 A2974 RMK AO2 CIG 003V006 SLP073 T00110000 10011 21006 53013 TSNO

KDEN 021953Z 30019G27KT 10SM SCT080 BKN140 BKN220 35/01 A2998 RMK AO2 PK WND 28027/1949 SLP049 VIRGA ALQDS T03500006

KBIL 020153Z COR 26015KT 10SM FEW030 36/M01 A2968 RMK AO2 SLP007 FU FEW030 FU DSNT SE-SW T03611011

PADQ 021153Z 00000KT 3SM -RA BR OVC004 11/11 A3000 RMK AO2 DZB18E51RAB51 CIG 001V007 SLP158 60003 70003 T01110111 10117 20111 51004

PAJN 021753Z 00000KT 10SM FEW010 SCT017 OVC046 13/09 A3012 RMK AO2 SLP199 MTNS PRTLY OBSCD N-E-SW SUN DMLY VSBL BINOVC T01280089 10128 20100 52003

PAPG 011436Z 03003KT 10SM FEW006 BKN029 OVC085 09/09 A2988 RMK AO1 WEA: NONE PNO


Some are easier than others...  the phrase I was searching for and couldn't find was ACSL... context:

"ACSL DIST NE-SW" 

I've only seen it at a handful of airports, not too common.


http://aviationweather.gov/notice/taf30.php

Some information on the TAF format change that is coming up in November.
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2008, 05:56:58 AM »
Some are easier than others...  the phrase I was searching for and couldn't find was ACSL... context:

"ACSL DIST NE-SW" 

I've only seen it at a handful of airports, not too common.

Mmmmm.. Guys here tell me it stands for AltoCumulus Standing Lenticular. Maybe there was a mountain peak round those airports?
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2008, 06:52:10 AM »
Some are easier than others...  the phrase I was searching for and couldn't find was ACSL... context:

"ACSL DIST NE-SW" 

I've only seen it at a handful of airports, not too common.

Mmmmm.. Guys here tell me it stands for AltoCumulus Standing Lenticular. Maybe there was a mountain peak round those airports?

Nick, your buddies are correct.  ACSL is what Wx reporting systems use to describe the phenomenon known as a Mountain Wave.  This is generally associated with strong winds blowing across mountain ranges that sets up the Lenticular clouds.  This is a soaring pilots delight as they can stay up for long periods in the updraft portions of a mountain wave.  However, the mountain wave is also associated with severe to extreme turbulence and MUST be treated with enormous caution and respect by all pilots.  This one can be a killer if you get caught in the rotor cloud that sometimes forms in the lee of the mountain range, or if you try to cross the range going into the wind and get caught in a downdraft you cannot climb out of.

ACSL formations are always unique and often are eerily looking.  I love seeing pics of them, but I do not enjoy seeing the underside of them from a cockpit.   |:)\
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2008, 02:58:21 PM »
Great description R/C!  ::bow:: Seen it a couple of times too! We have just the right ingredients on a mountain peak just opposite my city!
« Last Edit: August 03, 2008, 03:04:16 PM by AirScorp »
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2008, 06:03:56 PM »
That's a pretty common one to see in the mountains... 

that is, if you check the weather....  HAAAAAAAAAAAA.

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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2008, 06:45:30 PM »
Used to see them on a regular basis flying over the Alaska Range between fairbanks and Anchorage.


Interestingly enough... I fly into a lot more higher altitude airports now than I did up north....   
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2008, 04:00:57 AM »
What there's weather reports, I though you just took off and hoped for the best. ::whistle:: ::whistle::  Oh sorry thats just freight dogs, we are a bit different.
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Re: How to Read METAR
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2008, 06:51:21 PM »
ha ha NOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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