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Aviation Weather Services

Aviation Weather Service Outlets

Aviation Weather Services

Service outlets are government or private facilities that provide aviation weather services. Several different government agencies, including the FAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the NWS work in conjunction with private aviation companies to provide different means of accessing weather information. Automated Flight Service Station (AFSS) The AFSS is the primary source for […]

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Satellite Weather

Aviation Weather Services

Advancement in satellite technologies has recently allowed for commercial use to include weather uplinks. Through the use of satellite subscription services, individuals are now able to receive satellite transmitted signals that provide near real-time weather information for the North American continent. Satellite Weather Recently private enterprise and satellite technology have expanded the realm of weather […]

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Radar Observations

Aviation Weather Services

Weather observers use four types of radar to provide information about precipitation, wind, and weather systems. 1. The WSR-88D NEXRAD radar, commonly called Doppler radar, provides in-depth observations that inform surrounding communities of impending weather. Doppler radar has two operational modes: clear air and precipitation. In clear air mode, the radar is in its most […]

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Upper Air Observations

Aviation Weather Services

Observations of upper air weather are more challenging than surface observations. There are only two methods by which upper air weather phenomena can be observed: radiosonde observations and pilot weather reports (PIREPs). A radiosonde is a small cubic instrumentation package which is suspended below a six foot hydrogen or helium filled balloon. Once released, the […]

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Surface Aviation Weather Observations

Aviation Weather Services

Surface aviation weather observations (METARs) are a compilation of elements of the current weather at individual ground stations across the United States. The network is made up of government and privately contracted facilities that provide continuous up-to-date weather information. Automated weather sources, such as the Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS), Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS), […]

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