One of the major themes, or desks, of this year's experiment is looking at the potential for creating Outlook Graphics for Days 1, 2, and 3 for AWC's General Aviation (GA) customers. Current AWC operational products do not go out beyond Day1, leaving an information gap (Fig.1) for those that are looking to plan for flights in the coming days. AWC has continuously received feedback from their pilot partners that they would like to have an easy to interpret, quick glance graphic that gives them an idea of what hazards to expect in the coming days.
|Fig1. Current aviation weather forecast gap at the Aviation Weather Center for aviation hazards.|
Experiment participants were tasked with developing Outlook Graphics that would be valid 12z-12z the following day and depict prolonged, impactful hazards which could include turbulence, IFR, icing, precipitation, smoke, and thunderstorms. The design would be similar to the current National Forecast Charts (Fig2) developed by the Weather Prediction Center, and maintain consistency with existing NWS products (ie. WPC, NHC, NDFD). Participants used an interactive drawing GUI on the Testbed Website that allowed them to overlay fronts, modify the background map, and draw various polygons for each forecasted hazard.
|Fig2. An example of the Weather Prediction Center's National Forecast Chart for Day1.|
|Fig3. An example of one of the Outlook Graphics created during the experiment.|