# On a METAR, what does DSPTD mean?

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?

• 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. – Ron Beyer Oct 9 '17 at 4:22

## 1 Answer

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.