Weather in Numbers: "Seeing" how it works

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This activity depends on data provided by many local weather stations situated at some of the local airports in our region. Unlike the three-letter airport codes (IATA: International Air Transport Association) more familiar to those who travel by air, these weather stations use a four-letter code -ICAO- which stands for International Civil Aviation Organization airport code. In order to readily find one of the more local ones, the following website can help - (all Alaska stations begin with "P"):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_airports_by_ICAO_code:_P#PA

You will then use four letter code to find the current and recent data for the local weather station by substituting the four letters, capitalized*, into this URL:

http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/PAMK.html

How to use the info

This data provided looks something like this:

Picture.PAMK.ws.png

(The pictured screen is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and can be found for many locations in Alaska and worldwide at: http://weather.noaa.gov/weather )

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