A METAR is a format for the reporting of current weather information. A METAR is an aviation routine weather report issued at hourly or half-hourly intervals. It is a description of the meteorological elements observed at an airport at a specific time.
For the FAA sUAS Part 107 test, you will need to know how to decode these METARS. Study Figure 12 in the FAA-CT-8080-2G Airman Knowledge Testing Supplement.
- METAR - Acronym for Meteorological Aerodrome Report (current weather at an airport)
- TAF - Terminal Aerodrome Forecast
Read the following which will detail how to decode the METAR.
Data at: 2359 UTC 07 Jun 2017
KEYW 080015Z 33006KT 3/4SM VCTS +RA BR FEW010 BKN020 OVC035 24/24 A2985 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT NE AND S AND SW P0042 T02390239 $
To practice decoding METARS, use the following site:
Then enter in a code for an airport. I entered in KEYW for Key West to get my local METAR report.