Interpreting Surface Weather Stations reports (FM 12–XIV SYNOP)

Richard Shea shearichard at
Sat Jan 14 02:21:21 EST 2012

Does anyone have some code which interprets Surface Weather Stations
reports (formally termed 'FM 12–XIV SYNOP' reports) ? I've tried the
cheese shop but no joy.

I've seen PyMetar ( but
I don't believe it covers this format.

I can't believe I'm the first person who wished to parse these reports
so I'm hoping there's someone out there who's willing to share.

I've been referred to
as an explanation of their structure but I would prefer not to delve
into that if I could avoid it.

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