Decoding METARs

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.

Know how to read and decode these METARs

Know how to read and decode these METARs

Important Terms

  • 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 $


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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.




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