KDEN is currently reporting the following METAR:

SPECI KDEN 090325Z 34031G37KT 10SM -PLRA FEW015 OVC036 08/03 A2992 RMK AO2 PK WND 35037/0325 RAB04PLB25 TS DSPTD P0000 T00830028 $

I have no idea what DSPTD stands for. My best guess is "dissipated". I have been unable to find anything online, can someone help confirm this?

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    $\begingroup$ That is what it means, but it should be taken with the TS too: TS DSPTD, I can't find any official source for the code though. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    Oct 9, 2017 at 4:22

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This is a METAR with the addition of U.S. Observations, and according to the details of the abbreviations used there is no such value as DSPTD.

I suspect you are right, that it should have been DSIPTG - which does indeed mean "dissipating". The full decode of the Remarks section of your example METAR is as follows

  • A02 - automated station with precipitation descriminator.
  • PK WND 35037/0325 - Peak wind 350 degrees at 37 knots between 03 and 25mins
  • RAB04 - Rain began at 04mins (You can infer the hour from the main report)
  • PLB25 - Ice pellets began at 25mins (Again, inferring the hour from the report)
  • TS DSPTD - Thunderstorms which dissipated
  • P0000 - Trace amount of hourly precipitation

I should add that I'm by no means an expert at decoding this part of a METAR, I made judicious use of this page.


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