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- Flight category definitions:
|Low Instrument Flight Rules
LIFR* (magenta sky
|below 500 feet AGL
||less than 1 mile
|Instrument Flight Rules
IFR (red sky symbol)
|500 to below 1,000 feet AGL
||1 mile to less than 3 miles
|Marginal Visual Flight Rules
MVFR (blue sky symbol)
|1,000 to 3,000 feet AGL
||3 to 5 miles
|Visual Flight Rules
VFR+ (green sky symbol)
|greater than 3,000 feet AGL
||greater than 5 miles
|*By definition, IFR is ceiling less
than 1,000 feet AGL and/or visibility less
than 3 miles while LIFR is a sub-category of IFR.
+By definition, VFR is ceiling greater than or equal
to 3,000 feet AGL and visibility greater than or equal to
5 miles while MVFR is a sub-category of VFR.
- Cloud coverage symbols:
Automated stations report "CLR" when clouds may exist above
12,000 feet so a square is used to represent this uncertainty whereas
an unfilled circle is used for "SKC" which a human reports the
sky is completely clear overhead. The abbreviation "OVX" is
unofficial but ADDS uses it here to indicate the sky is obscured which
is the case when a METAR reports vertical visibility and no cloud
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