You have been given wind direction and speed, how would it be expressed?


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    $\begingroup$ You need to clarify this, when are you writing it? Who is giving it to you? What do you need it for? Usually when listening to ATIS I write it down like "310 @ 12", or "310 @12G15" if there is a gust, each pilot develops their own short-hand for instructions... $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Jun 27, 2016 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ Dang, really? This was put on hold in 2 hours, but I think it could be easily edited and answered even if that means giving more information than the asker is seeking. Metars, TAFs, ATISs, etc. & then there's winds aloft. Anything missing? $\endgroup$ Jun 28, 2016 at 0:28
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    $\begingroup$ @RyanMortensen WIthout editing this its impossible to know what the OP was asking, however if you think that you can make a new question with information relevant to the community, by all means make a new question and you can even answer it, its encouraged here. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Jun 28, 2016 at 2:06
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    $\begingroup$ From your original question before the edit, we always express wind direction as where it is coming from. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Jun 28, 2016 at 6:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Simon: If this is the actual question (that's not clear to me), then it's a duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Jun 28, 2016 at 8:52

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METAR wind is expressed like this:

04011KT indicates the wind is from 040° true (north east) at 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph). In the United States, the wind direction must have a 60° or greater variance for variable wind direction to be reported and the wind speed must be greater than 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph).

04011G20KT indicates wind gusts reaching 20 knots.

090V150 indicates the wind direction is varying from 90° true (east) to 150° true (south-southeast).


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