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Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services


Federal Meteorological Handbooks

federal meteorological handbooks

Since 1987, ICAMS and its predecessors have been the custodian of the Federal Meteorological Handbooks. The Handbooks define meteorological data and metadata standards and guide data management practices across all Federal agencies, ensuring meteorological data is managed efficiently and effectively. Standardized data management practices, exercised by all partners in the Federal Meteorological Enterprise, lead to improved data quality and reduced costs.

All Federal Meteorological Handbooks, including changes, are linked on this page.

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Number Title Date
FCM-H1-2019 Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 - Surface Weather Observations and Reports July, 2019
FCM-H2-1988 Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 2 - Surface Synoptic Codes Last Change - March 2005
FCM-H3-1997 Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 3 - Rawinsonde and Pibal Observations Last change - August 2006
FCM-H3 Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 11 - Doppler Radar Meteorological Observations (WSR-88D) various
FMH-12-2019 United States Meteorological Codes and Coding Practices, with all changes incorporated. Last change - October 2019
FCM-H13-2020 U.S. Federal Meteorological Data Management Handbook: A Guide to Standards and Best Practices June 2020

federal standard for siting meteorological sensors at airports

The following establishes the Federal standard for siting meteorological sensors of automated weather observing systems at airports/heliports to collect meteorological data in support of aircraft operations as well as aviation and other weather forecasting.

Federal Standard for Siting Meteorological Sensors at Airports (2019).