[ RASP UK Forecast (Stratus) ]




Live METAR Data Checker

To help understand if the RASP forecast is matching the real world, an experimental script has been put together that will compare a RASP "spot" forecast against a METAR observation (a real-world airfield met observation). These observations are produced hourly or so.

The following table is a summary for the UK, using the script outlined below the table and map. The table is produced from 08:00 to 20:00 on the hour and every half hour during UK daylight hours.


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The script is a bit slow, so sometimes the results may not be available as an auto-generated static view. If this happens, click here to dynamically re-generate the table as a separate page.

If there is a problem with the output, click here to get a copy of the last generated text table.


To look at individual sites, a script you can use is below, but an example is shown below comparing RAF Wattisham to its BGA turn point.

http://app.stratus.org.uk/blip/rasp_check.php?icao=EGUW&tp=WSM


You can pick any UK BGA turnpoint and any ICAO airfield code for the METAR. The turnpoint has to be &tp=XYZ and the ICAO code has to be ?icao=WXYZ. Note that not all airfields report a METAR observation, so pick one close to the turnpoint (or vice versa).

If you have a location that has a METAR but no close BGA turnpoint, you can use a latitude/longitude combination. Instead of using &tp=XYZ, instead use &lat=99.9 and &long=99.9 along with ?icao=WXYZ. Note the latitude and longitude must be a decimal fraction - not in minutes/seconds. So as an example, 51 degress 30 seconds north, is 51.50 degrees as &lat=51.5. North is always positive, south negative; east is negative, west is positive.

Here is Wattisham again as 52.12743 north and 0.95617 west, using EGUW as the METAR:

http://app.stratus.org.uk/blip/rasp_check.php?icao=EGUW&lat=52.12743&long=0.95617

Click here to try Wattisham as a Lat/Long with an ICAO code.


An example output for EGUW/WSM looks like:

Using a METAR of: EGUW (950) with a RASP time of: 1000 for turn point: Wattisham (WSM)

MetricRASPMETARDifferenceNotes
Temperature15.9160.1 (Observation Warmer than RASP)
Dew Point10.073 (Observation Cooler or same as RASP)
Cloud Base236036001240(ft - estimated at 400ft/C)
Pressure101310130-
Wind Direction (Degrees)149°140°-
Wind Speed (KTS)7103-


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