Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday in the AWDE CPAC Testbed


The final day of participation for the AWDE CPAC in the testbed included valuable feedback from FAA meteorologists and an ATC specialist.

Thursday in the AWT

Forecaster reviewing radar mosaic imagery for issuance of convective products

Ceiling and visibility forecasters testing collaboration connecting national and local offices

Discussing how products are generated based on navigational points

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday in the AWDE CPAC Testbed


Wednesday in the AWDE CPAC included numerous participants with PERTI expertise. Valuable feedback was given while establishing communication with the AWT throughout the day.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday in the AWDE CPAC Testbed


Participants discussing long range experimental products. Participant backgrounds include TFM and ATC specialists, NWS Mt. Holly meteorologist, and pilots.

Week Two of the 2016 Summer Experiment at AWT

 Experimenters working on cloud and visibility grids for the western United States

Experimental satellite products and one minute imagery being used to look at the current weather 

Video conference established with the AWDE lab in Atlantic City

Monday, August 22, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Day Four in the Testbed


GA and test pilots in AWDE engaged in discussion on the experimental AWT products.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day Three in the Testbed

Participants in AWDE collaborate with AWT via NWS Chat and a live video feed
Participation from a research meteorologist and TFM subject matter expert led to a collaborative discussion with AWT on the CAWS products that were issued throughout the day with CCFP overlays. Participants also offered feedback on the experimental long-range and TAF products.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Day Two in the Testbed


Tuesday in the AWDE CPAC included participants with TFM backgrounds as well as GA pilots. Feedback was given on the long range experimental products, C&V and TAF products, as well as CAWS and new versions of the CCFP.


2016 AWT Summer Experiment is Underway


The Aviation Weather Testbed's 2016 Summer Experiment started this week with participants from across the county. This summer's experiment includes a test of cloud and visibility grid collaboration, new AWIPS2 convective SIGMET production tools, and experimental guidance including new versions of the CCFP.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 1 of the 2016 Summer Experiment Kicks Off in the AWDE CPAC



A local GA pilot offered valuable feedback on the day's experimental CAWS and C&V product grids

The first day of the 2016 Summer Experiment kicked off with collaborative efforts between AWC and the AWDE CPAC, located at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday in the Testbed

Experimenters looking at ceiling and visibility guidance

CAWS support desk engaged in discussion

Experimenter modifying tools for grid editing efficiency

Monday, February 22, 2016

Experimental CAWS 004 issued for low turb over southern CA

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 004
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1919 UTC Mon 22 Feb 2016

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1919-0100Z

ARTCCs affected: ZLA
Terminals affected: KLAX, KPHX

SUMMARY: Moderate to severe turbulence expected over S CA thru 23Z

DISCUSSION: Moderate to severe turbulence with isolated severe pockets are expected over S ZLA thru 01Z. NE flow will contribute to a moderate Santa Ana wind event with low level turb expected below FL100.

A SIGMET is unlikely at this point, an additional CAWS is also unlikely.

BOUNDING BOX: 35.33,-125.28 38.43,-118.18 32.61,-110.69 29.29,-117.41 35.33,-125.28

Experimental CAWS 003 issued for icing over WI and MI

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 003
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1735 UTC Mon 22 Feb 2016

Weather: Icing
Valid: 1800-2000Z

ARTCCs affected: ZAU, ZMP, ZOB
Terminals affected: KDTW, KMKE, KMDW, KORD

SUMMARY: Possible SEV icing over Great Lakes.

DISCUSSION: Moderate to occasional severe icing is expected over the Great Lakes with highest potential for severe from eastern WI, northern IL, and western Lower MI. This may impact arrivals/departures for KDTW, KMKE, KMDW, and KORD. A SIGMET is possible in the hatched area. Conditions will slowly shift east-northeastward into central lower MI and weaken after 20Z.

...Additional CAWS are not expected in this region...

BOUNDING BOX: 49.74,-95.84 48.65,-77.54 36.56,-80.29 37.06,-93.54 49.74,-95.84

Experimental CAWS 002 issued for turbulence over OH and PA

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 002
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1644 UTC Mon 22 Feb 2016

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1800-2000Z

ARTCCs affected: ZAU, ZDC, ZID, ZKC, ZNY, ZOB
Terminals affected: KBWI, KDCA, KIAD, KMDW, KORD, KPHL

SUMMARY: MOD-SEV turbulence across Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States through 20Z.

DISCUSSION: A zone of frequent moderate with occasional severe turbulence is expected across northern ZID-southern ZOB-southwestern ZNY-northern ZDC. A localized regions of severe potential exists from far northeastern ZID-southern ZOB-far northern ZDC-extreme southwestern ZNY.

Moderate turbulence is most likely from FL360-270 with severe possible from FL340-290. Conditions are moving eastward and are likely to continue over the Mid-Atlantic coastline after 20Z.

...Additional CAWS are likely in this region...

BOUNDING BOX: 46.07,-90.98 45.78,-71.34 33.34,-73.50 33.28,-89.89 46.07,-90.98

Experimental CAWS 001 issued for severe icing potential near Salt Lake City

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 001
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1610 UTC Mon 22 Feb 2016

Weather: Icing
Valid: 1610-2000Z

ARTCCs affected: ZLC
Terminals affected: KSLC

SUMMARY: Severe icing potential near Salt Lake City.

DISCUSSION: Moderate to occasional severe icing is expected near Salt Lake City between FL100-160. Conditions will move slowly southeastward and improve by 20Z.

...Additional CAWS are not expected in this area....

BOUNDING BOX: 45.49,-118.81 45.98,-103.09 35.47,-103.33 34.71,-117.04 45.49,-118.81

Collaboration on turbulence research


Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement (CAWS) for turbulence and icing hazards


Forecasters working in the AWT Remote Collaboration Lab (RCL) on experimental CAWS products for turbulence and icing

Impact-based Decision Support Services and Digital Aviation Services


Above and below: forecasters use AWIPS Grid Forecast Editor (GFE) to produce forecast grids of ceiling and visibility.

1530Z national map of observed flight category


Week 2 kicks off at the 2016 Winter Experiment

Week 2 is underway and the Aviation Weather Testbed is bustling with 22 visitors at AWC and another 17 at the FAA Aviation Weather Demonstration and Evaluation (AWDE) lab in Atlantic City, NJ.

Aviation Weather Testbed in Kansas City








Collaborating with the FAA AWDE Lab in Atlantic City

Friday, February 12, 2016

Wrapping Up Week One

Most focused on non-convective CAWS Friday, using a case study from the end of December

The clouds and visibility desk centered on the West Coast, which experienced shallow fog this morning

Thanks to all of our participants! Look for updates on week two of the 2016 Winter Experiment (February 22-26).

Friday! Running an archived case today ... Dec 21 2015 starting 11Z

GFS Dec 21 2015 06Z run 500mb hts and abs vort valid 12Z
4km IR mosaic valid Dec 21 2015 1115Z



Thursday, February 11, 2016

Experimenters at Work


Global forecast desk identifying regions of turbulence


Working with the new interactive icing tool


CAWS production desk discussing new satellite products

Quiet Weather Thursday

CAWS Image

Quiet weather over the contiguous 48 states today so just one non-convective CAWS was issued, for icing in the mid section of the country.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wed 2/10/16 CAWS 001 corrected for ARTCC's affected

20160210 - 001 (TB) FINAL CCA

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 001
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1655 UTC Wed 10 Feb 2016

Correction to CAWS 001 - 20160210

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1900-2300Z

ARTCCs affected: ZDV
Terminals affected: KDEN

SUMMARY: Moderate turbulence expected over KDEN.

DISCUSSION: Moderate turbulence expected over the KDEN terminal area FL180-080 with embd moderate to isolated sev FL270-FL220. Models indicate turbulence may continue past 2300z. Current AIRMET does not include this area but may be amended to include this area later today.

SIGMET criteria is not expected.


...Corrected ARTCCs affected...

BOUNDING BOX: 42.32,-112.00 42.70,-101.81 36.85,-100.56 36.55,-108.22 42.32,-112.00

Wed 2/10/16 17Z CAWS 001 issued for turb over Colorado

20160210 - 001 (TB) FINAL

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 001
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1654 UTC Wed 10 Feb 2016

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1900-2300Z

ARTCCs affected: ZAB, ZDV, ZKC, ZLC
Terminals affected: KDEN

SUMMARY: Moderate turbulence expected over KDEN.

DISCUSSION: Moderate turbulence expected over the KDEN terminal area FL180-080 with embd moderate to isolated sev FL270-FL220. Models indicate turbulence may continue past 2300z. Current AIRMET does not include this area but may be amended to include this area later today.

SIGMET criteria is not expected.

BOUNDING BOX: 42.32,-112.00 42.70,-101.81 36.85,-100.56 36.55,-108.22 42.32,-112.00

Wed 2/10/16 ... east coast trough begins to move out


Tue 2/9/16 18Z observations


Tue 2/9/16 1616Z CAWS 002 amended for graphic, text, and level

20160209 - 002 (TB) FINAL AAA

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 002
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1616 UTC Tue 09 Feb 2016

Amendment to CAWS 002 - 20160209

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1616-2200Z

ARTCCs affected: ZBW, ZNY
Terminals affected:

SUMMARY: Moderate Turbulence over New England

DISCUSSION: Area of persistent Moderate Turbulence expected over New England between 170 and FL290 from 16Z-22Z. There is a good probability of ISOL-SEV Turbulence during this period, however no SIGMET anticipated.

Area Amended for graphic, text and level changes.

BOUNDING BOX: 47.25,-67.05 40.29,-67.01 38.72,-73.65 44.85,-73.83 47.25,-67.05

Tue 2/9/16 16Z CAWS 002 issued for high turb over New England

20160209 - 002 (TB) FINAL

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 002
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1605 UTC Tue 09 Feb 2016

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1605-2200Z

ARTCCs affected: ZBW
Terminals affected:

SUMMARY: Moderate Turbulence over New England

DISCUSSION: Area of persistent Moderate Turbulence expected over New England between FL190-FL290 from 16Z-22Z. No SIGMET anticipated.

BOUNDING BOX: 46.77,-67.14 41.12,-67.06 39.54,-73.29 45.08,-73.48 46.77,-67.14

Tue 2/9/16 1538Z CAWS 001 Corrected for color and text

20160209 - 001 (TB) FINAL CCA

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 001
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1538 UTC Tue 09 Feb 2016

Correction to CAWS 001 - 20160209

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1538-2300Z

ARTCCs affected: ZJX, ZMA
Terminals affected: KMCO, KJAX, KPIE, KSAV, KSFB

SUMMARY: MOD OCNL SEV TURB SERN GA AND FL.

DISCUSSION: Between 15Z-18Z Turbulence will initially be moderate to severe below 080 then becoming moderate after 19Z continuing through 23Z.

Surface wind gusts are possible to 35-40KTS which may result in low-level wind shear near buildings and/or obstructions.

Corrected for color and text.

BOUNDING BOX: 29.84,-85.18 25.97,-82.69 27.16,-78.23 32.93,-79.28 33.03,-81.53 29.84,-85.18

Tue 2/9/16 15Z CAWS 001 issued for low turb over Florida

20160209 - 001 (TB) FINAL

CAWS Image
Collaborative Aviation Weather Statement 001
NWS Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO
1457 UTC Tue 09 Feb 2016

Weather: Turbulence
Valid: 1500-2300Z

ARTCCs affected: ZJX, ZMA
Terminals affected: KMCO, KJAX, KPIE, KSAV, KSFB

SUMMARY: MOD OCNL SEV TURB SERN GA AND FL.

DISCUSSION: Between 15Z-18Z Turbulence will initially be moderate to severe below 080 then becoming moderate after 19Z continuing through 23Z.

Surface wind gusts are possible to 35-40KTS which may result in low-level wind shear near buildings and shrubbery.

BOUNDING BOX: 29.84,-85.18 25.97,-82.69 27.16,-78.23 32.93,-79.28 33.03,-81.53 29.84,-85.18

Tue 2/9/16 Vigorous upper level system continues to plod eastward

Tue 2/9/16 18Z NAM Analysis of 500mb ht/vort

Wed 2/10/16 12Z ... upper level trough continues moving eastward