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Table C1

Geographical Area Designator A1 A2

(when T1   =   A, B, C, E, F, M, N, R, S, U, V, W)
(excluding ship data)

Instructions for the proper application of the geographical area type designator

1. The designator specified in this table should be used to the greatest extent possible to indicate the geographical area of the data contained within the text of the bulletin or where the geographical designator is needed for addressing purposes.

2. Where the geographical area of the data does not correspond exactly with a designator, the designator for the geographical area most approximating that of the data shall be used. This is important for aviation products where the subject area extents beyond national boundries (i.e. SIGMETS, etc..).

3. When the table does not contain a suitable designator for the geographical area and for METNO and WIFMA messages, the use of XX as the alphabetic designator shall be used.

4. This table is subdivided into two parts: the first part contains geographical designators related to countries or tarritories in each RTH zone of responsibility for collection of observational reports, areas of forecast, and for use in administrative or service messages. The second part contains those designators for vast areas such as areas of analyses, areas of forecast (if appropriate), continents, hemispheres, oceans, etc.

NOTE: The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this table do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the World Meteorological Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.


[ T 1 T2 A1A2ii   CCCC ]

Part I

Country or Territory Designators
[ A thru E | F thru J | K thru M | N thru R | S thru Z ]

Part II

Area Designators
[ Geographical Areas ]

Country or Territory Designators A thru E

A 1 A 2     Country

AB   Albania                         CD   Chad
AG   Argentina                       CE   Central African Rep
AH   Afganistan                      CG   Congo
AI   Ascension Island                CH   Chile
AJ   Azerbaijan, Republic of         CI   China
AK   Alaska                          CM   Cameroon
AL   Algeria                         CN   Canada
AN   Angola                          CO   Colombia
AT   Antiqua, St. Kitts & British    CR   Canary Islands (Spain)
     islands in the vicinity         CS   Costa Rica
AU   Australia                       CT   Canton Island
AY   Armenia. Republic of            CU   Cuba
AZ   Azores Islands                  CV   Cape Verde Islands
                                     CY   Cyprus
BA   Bahamas                         CZ   Czech Republic
BC   Botswana                       
BD   Brunei Darussalam               DJ   Djibouti
BE   Bermuda                         DL   Germany
BG   Bosnia & Herzegovina            DN   Denmark
BH   Belize                          DO   Dominica
BI   Burundi                         DR   Dominican Republic
BJ   Benin                           DY   Democratic Yemen
BK   Banks Islands                   
BM   Myanmar (Burma)                 EG   Egypt
BN   Bahrain                         EO   Estonia
BO   Bolivia                         EQ   Ecuador
BR   Barbados                        ER   United Arab Emirates
BU   Bulgaria                        ES   El Salvador
BV   Bouvet Island                   ET   Ethiopia
BW   Bangladesh
BX   Belgium, Luxembourg
BY   Belarus, Republic of
BZ   Brazil
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Country or Territory Designators F thru J

A 1 A 2     Country

FA   Faeroes Islands                 HA   Haiti
FG   French Guiana                   HE   St. Helena Island
FI   Finland                         HK   Hong Kong
FJ   Fiji Islands                    HO   Honduras
FK   Falkland Isl (Malvinas)         HU   Hungary
FP   Saint Pierre Island & Miquelon
FR   France                          HV   Burkina Faso
FW   Wallis and Futuna Isl           HW   Hawaiian Islands

GB   Gambia
GC   Cayman Islands                  IC   Comoros
GD   Grenada                         ID   Indonesia
GE   Gough Island                    IE   Ireland
GG   Georgia, Republic of            IL   Iceland
GH   Ghana                           IN   India
GI   Gibraltar                       IQ   Iraq
GL   Greenland                       IR   Iran
GM   Guam Island                     IS   Isreal
GN   Guinea                          IV   Cote d'Lvoire
GO   Gabon                           IY   Italy
GQ   Equatorial Guinea
GR   Greece                          JD   Jordan
GU   Guatemala                       JM   Jamaica
GW   Guinea-Bissau                   JP   Japan
GY   Guyana
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States with Designators K thru M

A 1 A 2     Country

KA   Caroline Islands                MA   Mauritius
KB   Kiribati                        MB   Marion Island
KG   Kirgiristan,Republic of         MC   Morocco
KI   Christmas Islands               MD   Madeira Island
KK   Cocos Islands                   MF   Saint-Martin, Saint-Bartholomew
KN   Kenya                                Guadeloupe /other French isls 
KO   Korea, Republic of                   in the vicinity
KP   Cambodia                        MG   Madagascar  
KR   Democratic People's             MH   Marshall Islands
     Republic of Korea               MI   Mali
KU   Cook Island                     MJ   Former Yougoslov
                                          Rep. of Mecedonia
KW   Kuwait                          ML   Malta
KY   Kyrghyzstan, Republic of        MN   St.Maarten, St.Eustatius & Saba
KZ   Kazakhstan,Republic of          MO   Mongolia
                                     MR   Martinique Island
LA   Lao People's Democratic Rep     MS   Malaysia
LB   Lebanon                         MT   Mauritania
LC   Saint Lucia                     MU   Macao
LI   Liberia                         MV   Maldives Islands 
LJ   Slovenia                        MW   Malawi
LN   Southern Line Islands           MX   Mexico
LS   Lesotho                         MY   Mariana Islands
LT   Lithuania                       MZ   Mozambique
LV   Latvia                         
LY   Libyan Arab Jamahiriya         
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States with Designators N thru R

A 1 A 2     Country

NC   New Caledonia Island            PF   French Polynesia Islands
NG   Papua New Guinea                PH   Philippines
NI   Nigeria                         PI   Pheonix Islands
NK   Nicaragua                       PK   Pakistan
NL   Netherlands                     PL   Poland
NM   Namibia                         PM   Panama
NO   Norway                          PO   Portugal

NP   Nepal                           PR   Peru
NR   Niger                           PT   Pitcairn Island
NU   Netherlands Antilles            PU   Puerto Rico
     (Aruba,Bonaire, Curacao)        PY   Paraguay
NV   Vanuatu
NW   Nauru Island                    QT   Qatar
NZ   New Zealand
                                     RA   Russia, Republic of (East)
OM   Oman                            RE   Reunion and assoc. islands
OR   South Orkney Islands            RH   Croatia
OS   Austria                         RM   Republic of Moldova
                                     RO   Romania
                                     RS   Russia, Republic of (West)
                                     RW   Rwanda
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States with Designators S thru Z

A 1 A 2     Country

SB   Sri Lanka                        TP   Sao Tome and Principe
SC   Seychelles Islands               TR   Turkmenistan, Republic of
SD   Saudi Arabia                     TS   Tunisia
SG   Senegal                          TU   Turkey
SI   Somalia                          TV   Tuvalu
SK   Sarawak                          TZ   Tajikistan, Republic of
SL   Sierra Leone                    
SM   Suriname                         UG   Uganda
SN   Sweden                           UK   United Kingdom of Great Britain
SO   Solomon Islands                       and Northern Ireland
SQ   Slovokia                         UR   Ukraine, Republic of
SP   Spain                            US   United States of America
SR   Singapore                        UY   Uruguay
SU   Sudan                            UZ   Uzbekistan, Republic of
SV   Swaziland                            
SW   Switzerland                      VG   St. Vincent and the Grenadines
SX   Santa Cruz Island                VI   Virgin Islands
SY   Syria                            VN   Venezuela
SZ   Spitzbergen Islands              VS   Vietnam 

TC   Tristan da Cunha                 YE   Yemen
TD   Trinidad and Tobago              YG   Yougoslavia
TG   Togo                            
TH   Thailand                         ZA   South Africa
TI   Turks and Caicos Islands         ZB   Zambia
TK   Tokelau Islands                  ZM   Western Samoa
TM   Timor                            ZR   Zaire
TN   Tanzania, United Rep of          ZS   American Samoa
TO   Tonga                            ZW   Zimbabwe 
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Geographical Area Designators A thru Z

A 1 A 2     Geographical Area

AA   Antarctic                       MP   Central Mediterranean
AC   Arctic                          MQ   Western Mediterranean
AE   South-East Asia
AF   Africa                          NA   North America
AM   Central Africa                  NT   North Atlantic area
AO   West Africa
AP   Southern Africa                 OC   Oceania
AS   Asia                            OH   Sea of Okhotsk
AW   Near East           
AX   Arabian Sea area                PA   Pacific area
                                     PE   Persian area
BQ   Baltic Sea area                 PN   North Pacific area
                                     PQ   Western North Pacific
CA   Caribbean & Central America     PS   South Pacific area
                                     PW   Western Pacific area 
EA   East Africa                     PZ   Eastern Pacific area
EC   East China Sea area
EE   Eastern Europe                  SA   South America       
EM   Middle Europe                   SE   Southern Ocean area
EN   Northern Europe                 SJ   Sea of Japan area
EU   Europe                          SS   South China Sea area
EW   Western Europe                  ST   South Atlantic area

FE   Far East                        XE   Eastern hemisphere  
                                     XN   Northern hemisphere
GA   Gulf of Alaska area             XS   Southern hemisphere
GX   Gulf of Mexico area             XT   Tropical belt      
                                     XW   Western hemisphere
IO   Indian Ocean area               XX   For use when others
                                          are not appropriate   
ME   Eastern Mediterranean area
MM   Mediterranean area
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