Question Surface Wind


New member
Hello everyone, i'm new to this forum.
I'd like to know why the wind direction in KBWI is different that the showed in the current metar, this is not a new situation for me, i've been experiecing it for a while in different airports not only KBWI



Community Manager
Staff member

Can you post the actual METAR from the conditions page?


Beta Team Member
The wind may be different based on the following:

From the net:

If you read it, it's true. If you hear it, it's magnetic. All charts and textual sources (METAR, TAF, winds aloft, surface analysis charts, etc) use true north as the reference. ATIS/AWOS/ASOS broadcasts, or any information a controller gives you over the radio, is magnetic.

Metar vs ATIS/Controller may be different.

Could this be the case?