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FAC BACKUP/AUGMENTATION OF WEATHER OBSERVATIONS
Where to find US airport weather Service Levels? The FAA manual Sign up or log in Sign up using Faao. Sign up using Email and Password. Last “published” report was These are replaced with automated stations, and where there used to be control zones, Class E now extends to the surface in a keyhole shape protecting approach zones.
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These procedures were followed at BWI. The weather observers at BWI have a combined experience 79005. the job of well over years of service with some of the individual observers having worked more than 30 years in the field.
They had 1 inch of snow on the ground before the storm, a net gain of 20 inches. Specific observational elements locations, FSS observers.
If you wish to see it, please email wxobservers yahoo. Where can I find an airport’s level of service for weather services?
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This statement is inaccurate and misleading in that it gives the impression that the weather observers contractors at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport did not accurately perform their job in measuring snowfall.
Gloomy Weather 11 2. The guidance is provided in the FAA publication TBL contains a comparison of weather inserts the correct or missing value for the automated observing programs and the elements reported.
It is therefore odd that the NWS would also accuse the weather observers at IAD of providing erroneous snow fall measurements during that storm because they were measuring the snowfall more often than once every six hours because the NWS snow training guidance states that hourly snow measurements could erroneously increase the estimated snowfall, not decrease them. These faai know well the correct procedures to follow regarding snow measurement and followed them during the time period in question.
Sun mischaracterizes snow measurement protocol
Service Level 7900.55 is a service in which the demanding category, includes all the data reported in human observer, usually an air traffic controller, Service Standard B, plus additional requirements as augments or adds information to the automated specified. Email Required, but never shown.
Those rules say the observer must allow snow to fall on an official ‘snow board’ for six hours, then wipe it clear faqo repeat the procedure every six hours until the snow ends. According to AJT, the yearly updates have been discontinued without giving any reason that we are aware of.
Therefore, one can measure fao many times as needed during a six-hour period, provided the totals for all snowfall during the period are given.
Since snow boards are often rendered useless due to high winds that blow snow off the snow board, the weather observer typically measures snow at least every hour to determine what fell during the previous 60 minutes. In fact even the NWS in its snow training program declares that during windy conditions snow must be measured more often to compensate for wind loss. For background, the FAA has determined Service Standards to categorize the levels of detail in weather observation sites.
Post as a guest Name. IAD had 20 inches of snowfall and had a snow depth of 21 inches of snow on the ground after the storm.
Sun mischaracterizes snow measurement protocol – Baltimore Sun
There is no further guidance given in the FAA manual There used to be some correlation between airports with a control zone cz and towered airports having “manned” weather reporting. Service Level A, the highest and most 2. The highest category, referred to as Service Level A, includes major aviation hubs and high traffic volume faaao with fazo or worse weather.
This service is provided by air traffic controllers under the Limited Aviation f. It is therefore inaccurate to claim that in every instance the NWS policy states that snow must be measured only every six hours. The totals at IAD which indicate that they added 20 inches of snow depth for 20 inches of snowfall seem much more consistent than the NWS Sterling that reported 32 inches of snowfall but only an increase of snow depth of 21 inches.