Taf.Decoder 1.0.0

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C# METAR decoder & TAF decoder

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A .NET library to decode METAR strings, this library package is netstandard 2.0 / NET5.0 and NET6.0. Working with Net Core and NET.

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Metar.Decoder NuGet version
Tad.Decoder NuGet version

This is largely based on SafranCassiopee/csharp-metar-decoder This is largely based on SafranCassiopee/csharp-taf-decoder

Introduction

METAR decoder This piece of software is a library package that provides a parser to decode raw METAR observation.

METAR is a format made for weather information reporting. METAR weather reports are predominantly used by pilots and by meteorologists, who use it to assist in weather forecasting. Raw METAR format is highly standardized through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

TAF decoder A .NET library to decode TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) strings, fully unit tested This piece of software is a library package that provides a parser to decode raw TAF messages.

TAF is a format made for weather information forecast. It is predominantly used by in aviation, during flight preparation. Raw TAF format is highly standardized through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Requirements

This library package is netstandard 2.0 / NET5.0, NET6.0 and NET7.0

If you want to integrate the library easily in your project, you should consider using the official nuget package available from https://www.nuget.org/.

nuget install Metar.Decoder
nuget install Taf.Decoder

It is not mandatory though.

Setup

  • With nuget.exe (recommended)

From the Package Manager Console in Visual Studio

nuget install Metar.Decoder
nuget install Taf.Decoder

Add a reference to the library, then add the following using directives:

using Metar.Decoder;
using Metar.Decoder.Entity;
using Taf.Decoder;
using Taf.Decoder.Entity;
  • By hand

Download the latest release from github

Extract it wherever you want in your project. The library itself is in the Metar.Decoder/ directory, the other directories are not mandatory for the library to work.

Add the Metar.Decoder project to your solution, then add a reference to it in your own project. Finally, add the same using directives than above.

Usage

Instantiate the decoder and launch it on a METAR string. The returned object is a DecodedMetar object from which you can retrieve all the weather properties that have been decoded.

All values who have a unit are based on the Value object which provides the ActualValue and ActualUnit properties

Please check the DecodedMetar class for the structure of the resulting object


  var d = MetarDecoder.ParseWithMode("METAR LFPO 231027Z AUTO 24004G09MPS 2500 1000NW R32/0400 R08C/0004D +FZRA VCSN //FEW015 17/10 Q1009 REFZRA WS R03");

  //context information
  d.IsValid; //true
  d.RawMetar; //"METAR LFPO 231027Z AUTO 24004G09MPS 2500 1000NW R32/0400 R08C/0004D +FZRA VCSN //FEW015 17/10 Q1009 REFZRA WS R03"
  d.Type; //MetarType.METAR
  d.Icao; //"LFPO"
  d.Day; //23
  d.Time; //'10:27 UTC"
  d.Status; //"AUTO"

  //surface wind
  var sw = d.SurfaceWind; //SurfaceWind object
  sw.MeanDirection.ActualValue; //240
  sw.MeanSpeed.ActualValue; //4
  sw.SpeedVariations.ActualValue; //9
  sw.MeanSpeed.ActualUnit; //Value.Unit.MeterPerSecond

  //visibility
  var v = d.Visibility; //Visibility object
  v.PrevailingVisibility.ActualValue; //2500
  v.PrevailingVisibility.ActualUnit; //Value.Unit.Meter
  v.MinimumVisibility.ActualValue; //1000
  v.MinimumVisibilityDirection; //"NW"
  v.NDV; //false

  //runway visual range
  var rvr = d.RunwaysVisualRange; //RunwayVisualRange array
  rvr[0].Runway; //"32"
  rvr[0].VisualRange.ActualValue; //400
  rvr[0].PastTendency; //""
  rvr[1].Runway; //"08C"
  rvr[1].VisualRange.ActualValue; //4
  rvr[1].PastTendency; //"D"

  //present weather
  var pw = d.PresentWeather; //WeatherPhenomenon array
  pw[0].IntensityProximity; //"+"
  pw[0].Characteristics; //"FZ"
  pw[0].Types; //{ "RA" }
  pw[1].IntensityProximity; //'VC'
  pw[1].Characteristics; //null
  pw[1].Types; //{ "SN" }

  // clouds
  var cld = d.Clouds; //CloudLayer array
  cld[0].Amount; //CloudAmount.FEW
  cld[0].BaseHeight.ActualValue; //1500
  cld[0].BaseHeight.ActualUnit; //Value.Unit.Feet

  // temperature
  d.AirTemperature.ActualValue; //17
  d.AirTemperature.ActualUnit; //Value.Unit.DegreeCelsius
  d.DewPointTemperature.ActualValue; //10

  // pressure
  d.Pressure.ActualValue; //1009
  d.Pressure.ActualUnit; //Value.Unit.HectoPascal

  // recent weather
  rw = d.RecentWeather;
  rw.Characteristics; //"FZ"
  rw.Types; //{ "RA" }

  // windshears
  d.WindshearRunways; //{ "03" }


  var d = TAFDecoder.ParseWithMode("TAF LEMD 080500Z 0806/0912 23010KT 9999 SCT025 TX12/0816Z TN04/0807Z");

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About Value objects

In the example above, it is assumed that all requested parameters are available. In the real world, some fields are not mandatory thus it is important to check that the Value object (containing both the value and its unit) is not null before using it. What you do in case it's null is totally up to you.

Here is an example:

  // check that the dew_point is not null and give it a default value if it is
  var dew_point = d.DewPointTemperature;
  if (dew_point == null) 
  {
      dew_point = new Value(999, Value.Unit.DegreeCelsius);
  }

  // dew_point object can now be accessed safely
  dew_point.ActualValue();
  dew_point.ActualUnit();

Value objects also contain their unit, that you can access with the ActualUnit property. When you access the ActualValue property, you'll get the value in this unit.

If you want to get the value directly in another unit you can call GetConvertedValue(unit). Supported values are speed, distance and pressure.

Here are all available units for conversion:

// speed units:
// Value.Unit.MeterPerSecond
// Value.Unit.KilometerPerHour
// Value.Unit.Knot

// distance units:
// Value.Unit.Meter
// Value.Unit.Feet
// Value.Unit.StatuteMile

// pressure units:
// Value.Unit.HectoPascal
// Value.Unit.MercuryInch

// use on-the-fly conversion
var distance_in_sm = visibility.GetConvertedValue(Value.Unit.StatuteMile);
var speed_kph = speed.GetConvertedValue(Value.Unit.KilometerPerHour);

About parsing errors

When an unexpected format is encountered for a part of the METAR, the parsing error is logged into the DecodedMetar object itself.

All parsing errors for one metar can be accessed through the DecodingExceptions property.

By default parsing will continue when a bad format is encountered. But the parser also provides a "strict" mode where parsing stops as soon as an error occurs. The mode can be set globally for a MetarDecoder object, or just once as you can see in this example:


var decoder = new MetarDecoder();
decoder.SetStrictParsing(true);

// change global parsing mode to "strict"
decoder.SetStrictParsing(true);

// this parsing will be made with strict mode
decoder.Parse("...");

// but this one will ignore global mode and will be made with not-strict mode anyway
decoder.ParseNotStrict("...");

// change global parsing mode to "not-strict"
decoder.SetStrictParsing(false);

// this parsing will be made with no-strict mode
decoder.Parse("...");

// but this one will ignore global mode and will be made with strict mode anyway
decoder.ParseStrict("...");

About parsing errors, again

In non-strict mode, it is possible to get a parsing error for a given chunk decoder, while still getting the decoded information for this chunk in the end. How is that possible ?

It is because non-strict mode not only continues decoding where there is an error, it also tries the parsing again on the "next chunk" (based on whitespace separator). But all errors on first try will remain logged even if the second try suceeded.

Let's say you have this chunk AAA 12003KPH ... provided to the SurfaceWind chunk decoder. This decoder will choke on AAA, will try to decode 12003KPH and will succeed. The first exception for surface wind decoder will be kept but the SurfaceWind object will be filled with some information.

All of this does not apply to strict mode as parsing is interrupted on first parsing error in this case.

Contribute

If you find a valid METAR that is badly parsed by this library, please open a github issue with all possible details:

  • the full METAR causing problem
  • the parsing exception returned by the library
  • how you expected the decoder to behave
  • anything to support your proposal (links to official websites appreciated)

If you want to improve or enrich the test suite, fork the repository and submit your changes with a pull request.

If you have any other idea to improve the library, please use github issues or directly pull requests depending on what you're more comfortable with.

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