NEWS AN D Notes Agencie s to Implemen t Ne w Codes for tings will continue to be reported in inches of mer- Observing , Reporting , an d Codin g Surface cury (as opposed to hectopascals). Weathe r Observations The only METAR element that will be converted Beginning in July 1996, the United States will un- to metric units is the temperature/dewpoint field, dergo the most significant change for observing, re- which will be reported in whole degrees Celsius. In porting, and coding surface weather observations and order to facilitate the conversion between Celsius and terminal forecasts in the past 40 years. Not since the Fahrenheit for climatological and public forecasting early 1950s, when the present airways code (com- purposes, the hourly temperature/dewpoint will be in monly known as Surface Aviation Observation or SA tenths of degrees Celsius in the additive data remarks code) , and Terminal Forecast (FT) codes were section of the METAR report from selected stations in the United States. All other public and climatologi- adopted, has there been such a major code change for cal products that are issued by the NWS will continue weather observations and forecasts. to utilize the Fahrenheit scale for
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: May 1, 1996
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