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7 Radar Images Of Squall Lines Storming Through The US, And The METARs That Recorded Them

Primary - Squall Line Pat Gaines

Have you ever seen a squall line? Check out these radar images from a squall line that moved through Colorado and Texas on July 8th - and check out the matching METARS. Don't recognize some of the abbreviations in these METARS? Our Weather course will get you up to speed.

Colorado Springs, CO (KCOS)

Check out the varying visibility and brief hail.

SPECI KCOS 082034Z 09004G43KT 7SM R17L/2600VP6000FT -TSRA FEW015 SCT025 BKN040CB BKN130 11/06 A2993 RMK AO2 PK WND 25043/2026 RAB04GSB27E33 TSB04 CONS LTGICCG ALQDS TS ALQDS MOV NE P0029 T01110061=


Pueblo, CO (KPUB)

They were hit with thunderstorms and heavy rain. Check out the peak wind and varying RVR...

SPECI KPUB 082046Z 31015KT 2SM R08R/6000VP6000FT +TSRA SCT049 BKN060 OVC075 12/09 A2993 RMK AO2 PK WND 30053/2025 LTG DSNT ALQDS RAB24 TSB45 P0019 T01220094=


Guymon, OK (KGUY)

More thunderstorms and heavy rain. Check out the wind shift as the storms cross over...

SPECI KGUY 090215Z AUTO 30010KT 4SM +TSRA BR FEW038 BKN046 OVC070 12/11 A2994 RMK AO2 PK WND 30030/0156 WSHFT 0147 LTG DSNT ALQDS TSB09 P0018 T01220111=


Amarillo, TX (KAMA)

More varying RVR, low visibility and heavy rain.

SPECI KAMA 090256Z 31016G29KT 1 3/4SM R04/4500VP6000FT +TSRA BR FEW014 BKN021 OVC048 13/12 A2999 RMK AO2 WSHFT 0241 LTG DSNT SW-N P0006 T01330117=


Altus AFB, OK (KLTS)

Check out the rapidly rising pressure as the squall line approaches - and how it falls rapidly as the storms pass over...

METAR KLTS 090558Z AUTO 33020G21KT 10SM FEW046 BKN055 OVC120 21/21 A2995 RMK AO2 PK WND 31045/56 LTG DSNT N-NE AND SE PRESRR SLP130 T02120205 10250 20206 402530173 53027 $=
SPECI KLTS 090618Z AUTO 31012KT 1 1/4SM R35L/2600FT +TSRA BR FEW016 BKN037 BKN046 OVC055 16/16 A2992 RMK AO2 VIS 1 1/4V4 LTG DSNT S-NE RAB0601 TSB0613 PRESFR $=


Dyess AFB, TX (KDYS)

Another great example of the pressure rising rapidly and then falling as the squall line crosses over...

SPECI KDYS 090940Z AUTO 34026G36KT 10SM -RA FEW008 OVC015 20/18 A2986 RMK AO2 PRESRR=
METAR KDYS 090958Z AUTO 36026G34KT 3SM RA VCTS SCT007 OVC014 18/15 A2984 RMK AO2 PK WND 36042/45 LTG DSNT NE RAB0941 PRESFR SLP073 P0005 T01750147 $=


Dallas - Fort Worth, TX (KDFW)

DFW's reporting a squall in the METAR...

SPECI KDFW 091025Z 31026G35KT 10SM SQ SCT021 BKN065 BKN085 OVC250 24/19 A2980 RMK AO2 PK WND 32035/1025 WSHFT 1011 PRESRR T02440189 $=


Definitely not good flying weather! Confused by any of these METARS? Check out our weather course - it'll teach you to read them like a pro.

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