I am from the dark ages, but "manual" observers would never have been allowed to report "sky obscured" with a vis of 8km and cloud base of 700ft.
Automatic weather stations are wonderful, but someone has had to ponder a hell of a lot about slashes and backslashes to accomodate every combination of possibilities nature can come up with.
Such is progress with automation - the tradeoff is you get irritating bureaucracy and complex forgettable fluff.
(Cynical Aged Fart.)
Last edited by EGQL1964; 10th Jan 2017 at 16:20.