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Unusual Metar code

Old 20th Oct 2014, 08:39
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Unusual Metar code

I saw this METAR the other day but none of us could decode it even with the AERAD supplement. Any ideas?!

"RMK TCU OHD MOV SW P/R RI++"

Remark: Towering Cumulus overhead, moving southwest, but then what?!

Airport was Okinawa while a typhoon was in the vicinity.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 09:07
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Could be missing another "R". Then it's pressure rising rapidly. Think the RI is rainfall intensity.
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Old 20th Oct 2014, 12:48
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GEN 1.7 of the Japanese AIP states 'Local routine and special reports are issued in a format similar to that of METAR and SPECI.' Unfortunately, the code of this similar format doesn't seem to be published in the very same AIP.

A Google search for "RI++" metar yields this site, which tells me MCDU2 is spot on.
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Old 21st Oct 2014, 04:22
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Thanks very much, good to know.
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Old 6th Feb 2016, 05:29
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Now its getting confusing. May I ask for help to decode the metar please.

PAFA 060553Z 00000KT 10SM SCT140 SCT170 M19/M21 A2936 RMK AO2
SLP958 T11891206 11094 21189 53025 $=

PANC 060553Z 30004KT 10SM FEW010 SCT030 OVC065 00/M01 A2938
RMK AO2 RAE46 SLP952 4/001 P0003 60008 T00001006 10028 20000
51028
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