Phrase Glossary

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Field Descriptions and Phrases

Note that values will = -9999 or -999 for Null or Non applicable (NA) variables.

tempmTemp in C
tempiTemp in F
dewptmDewpoint in C
dewptiDuepoint in F
humHumidity %
wspdmWindSpeed kph
wspdiWindspeed in mph
wgustmWind gust in kph
wgustiWind gust in mph
wdirdWind direction in degrees
wdireWind direction description (ie, SW, NNE)
vismVisibility in Km
visiVisability in Miles
pressuremPressure in mBar
pressureiPressure in inHg
windchillmWind chill in C
windchilliWind chill in F
heatindexmHeat index C
heatindexiHeat Index F
precipmPrecipitation in mm
precipiPrecipitation in inches
popProbability of Precipitation
condsSee possible condition phrases below

Wind Direction Phrases

These are the directions the wind will be blowing from.

East
ENEEast-northeast
ESEEast-southeast
NENortheast
NNENorth-northeast
NNWNorth-northwest
North
NWNorthwest
SESoutheast
South
SSESouth-southeast
SSWSouth-southwest
SWSouthwest
Variable
West
WNWWest-northwest
WSWWest-southwest

Current Condition Phrases

Some conditions can be Light, Heavy or normal, which has no classifier. For example, Light Drizzle, Heavy Drizzle, and Drizzle are all possible conditions.

  • [Light/Heavy] Drizzle
  • [Light/Heavy] Rain
  • [Light/Heavy] Snow
  • [Light/Heavy] Snow Grains
  • [Light/Heavy] Ice Crystals
  • [Light/Heavy] Ice Pellets
  • [Light/Heavy] Hail
  • [Light/Heavy] Mist
  • [Light/Heavy] Fog
  • [Light/Heavy] Fog Patches
  • [Light/Heavy] Smoke
  • [Light/Heavy] Volcanic Ash
  • [Light/Heavy] Widespread Dust
  • [Light/Heavy] Sand
  • [Light/Heavy] Haze
  • [Light/Heavy] Spray
  • [Light/Heavy] Dust Whirls
  • [Light/Heavy] Sandstorm
  • [Light/Heavy] Low Drifting Snow
  • [Light/Heavy] Low Drifting Widespread Dust
  • [Light/Heavy] Low Drifting Sand
  • [Light/Heavy] Blowing Snow
  • [Light/Heavy] Blowing Widespread Dust
  • [Light/Heavy] Blowing Sand
  • [Light/Heavy] Rain Mist
  • [Light/Heavy] Rain Showers
  • [Light/Heavy] Snow Showers
  • [Light/Heavy] Snow Blowing Snow Mist
  • [Light/Heavy] Ice Pellet Showers
  • [Light/Heavy] Hail Showers
  • [Light/Heavy] Small Hail Showers
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorm
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorms and Rain
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorms and Snow
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorms and Ice Pellets
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorms with Hail
  • [Light/Heavy] Thunderstorms with Small Hail
  • [Light/Heavy] Freezing Drizzle
  • [Light/Heavy] Freezing Rain
  • [Light/Heavy] Freezing Fog
  • Patches of Fog
  • Shallow Fog
  • Partial Fog
  • Overcast
  • Clear
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Scattered Clouds
  • Small Hail
  • Squalls
  • Funnel Cloud
  • Unknown Precipitation
  • Unknown

Forecast Description Phrases

Phrase Icon Name Icon Image (Icon Gallery)
Chance of Flurrieschanceflurries
Chance of Rainchancerain
Chance Rainchancerain
Chance of Freezing Rainchancesleet
Chance of Sleetchancesleet
Chance of Snowchancesnow
Chance of Thunderstormschancetstorms
Chance of a Thunderstormchancetstorms
Clearclear
Cloudycloudy
Flurriesflurries
Fogfog
Hazehazy
Mostly Cloudymostlycloudy
Mostly Sunnymostlysunny
Partly Cloudypartlycloudy
Partly Sunnypartlysunny
Freezing Rainsleet
Rainrain
Sleetsleet
Snowsnow
Sunnysunny
Thunderstormststorms
Thunderstormtstorms
Unknownunknown
Overcastcloudy
Scattered Cloudspartlycloudy

Forecast Description Numbers

This table represents fctcode you can encounter in some of the Hourly features. The fctcode correspond to the forecast phrase described in this table. Using the "icon" field in the forecast is a better value to key off than fctcode. This table is just a description of the weather associated with the fctcode.

fctcode Forecast Icon Image (Icon Gallery)
1Clear
2Partly Cloudy
3Mostly Cloudy
4Cloudy
5Hazy
6Foggy
7Very Hot
8Very Cold
9Blowing Snow
10Chance of Showers
11Showers
12Chance of Rain
13Rain
14Chance of a Thunderstorm
15Thunderstorm
16Flurries
17OMITTED
18Chance of Snow Showers
19Snow Showers
20Chance of Snow
21Snow
22Chace of Ice Pellets
23Ice Pellets
24Blizzard