Sample Station Plot
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A weather symbol is plotted if at the time of observation, there
is either precipitation occurring or a condition causing reduced visibility.
Below is a list of the most common weather symbols:
Wind is plotted in increments of 5 knots (kts), with the outer end of
the symbol pointing toward the direction from which the wind is blowing. The wind speed
is determined by adding up the total of flags, lines, and half-lines, each of which
have the following individual values:
Flag: 50 kts
Line: 10 kts
Half-Line: 5 kts
If there is only a circle depicted over the station with no wind symbol present, the wind is calm.
Below are some sample wind symbols:
The amount that the circle at the center of the station plot is filled in reflects
the approximate amount that the sky is covered with clouds. Below are the common cloud cover