synoptic station

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A meteorological station at which observations are made for synoptic meteorology and at the standard synoptic hours of 00:00, 06:00, 12:00, and 18:00 UT (Universal Time, also known as GMT and Zulu). Most stations also make observations at the intermediate synoptic times of 03:00, 09:00, 15:00, and 21:00 UT. These observations are reported to the national meteorological service and plotted on the overall synoptic charts.

Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

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