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news and notes Weather Codes Now a Universal Language Mexico Achieves Technological First Aeronautical meteorological codes, enabling pi- Mexico, with an infusion of U.S. satellite and com- lots, observers, weather forecasters, air traffic control- puter technology, is installing a nationwide environ- lers, and flight dispatchers to speak in one universal mental reporting network that is not only a technologi- language, became an international standard at mid- cal first for the nation but one of the largest, solely night, 1 July 1993. owned automatic real-time data collection systems. The codes—a string of letters and numbers—de- By the end of this summer, more than 600 satellite scribe local weather conditions in shorthand form. reporting stations spread throughout Mexico's 32 states They detail wind speed and direction, visibility, clouds, are due to be completed. Some 350 of the stations in temperature, altimeter settings, and current weather the massive, $8 million satellite telemetry system, in observations and forecasts. installed this year, are already collecting, transmitting, The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and archiving meteorological and hydrological data for has formulated and monitored the introduction of the Mexico's Comision Nacional del Agua (the National new codes in cooperation with the International Civil Water Commission), the agency underwriting the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society American Meteorological Society

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Weather Codes Now a Universal Language Mexico Achieves Technological First Aeronautical meteorological codes, enabling pi- Mexico, with an infusion of U.S. satellite and com- lots, observers, weather forecasters, air traffic control- puter technology, is installing a nationwide environ- lers, and flight dispatchers to speak in one universal mental reporting network that is not only a technologi- language, became an international standard at mid- cal first for the nation but one of the largest, solely night, 1 July 1993. owned automatic real-time data collection systems. The codes—a string of letters and numbers—de- By the end of this summer, more than 600 satellite scribe local weather conditions in shorthand form. reporting stations spread throughout Mexico's 32 states They detail wind speed and direction, visibility, clouds, are due to be completed. Some 350 of the stations in temperature, altimeter settings, and current weather the massive, $8 million satellite telemetry system, in observations and forecasts. installed this year, are already collecting, transmitting, The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and archiving meteorological and hydrological data for has formulated and monitored the introduction of the Mexico's Comision Nacional del Agua (the National new codes in cooperation with the International Civil Water Commission), the agency underwriting the

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Published: Aug 1, 1993

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