Section 7

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BBCC Aviation Meteorology

SECTION 7.1 AREA FORECAST
AREA FORECAST
Known as FA
Covers a large geographical area
Useful for forecast enroute wx and for airports that do not issue a TAF
Issued 3 times a day from 6 areas
We get both the SFO and SLC
12 hour forecast with a 6 hour outlook, good for a total of 18 hours.
All heights given are MSL unless denoted as AGL or CIG

AREA FORECAST
Headers:
Synopsis
General picture of wx covering 18hrs
VFR clouds and weather
12 hrs
Sky condition in msl unless noted
Surface vis when between 3-5 miles over 3,000 sq. miles
If no vis then implied to be greater than 5
Weather precip, fog, haze dust
Included when it lowers vis below 5 mi
Wind 20kts or greater gusts 25 or greater on surface
Categorical outlook
Good for 6hrs
IFR, MVFR, VFR
WND is noted if 20kts or greater gusts 25kts or greater on surface

AREA FORECAST
******** FA Synopsis and VFR Clouds/Weather ********
SFOC FA 262045
SYNOPSIS AND VFR CLDS/WX
SYNOPSIS VALID UNTIL 271500
CLDS/WX VALID UNTIL 270900…OTLK VALID 270900-271500

WA OR CA AND CSTL WTRS .
SEE AIRMET SIERRA FOR IFR CONDS AND MTN OBSCN.
TS IMPLY SEV OR GTR TURB SEV ICE LLWS AND IFR CONDS.
NON MSL HGTS DENOTED BY AGL OR CIG

SYNOPSIS…ALF…RDG FM SRN AZ INTO NWRN MT. TROF W OF WA/OR CSTL WTRS. 15Z TROF WRN WA CSTL WTRS INTO SRN CA CSTL WTRS. SFC…CDFNT ALG CST FM WA TO CNTRL CA THEN SW INTO SWRN CA CSTL WTRS. 15Z TROF N CNTRL WA CSTL WTRS INTO SWRN CA CSTL WTRS. HI PRES CNTR OVR S CNTRL OR

WA CASCDS WWD CSTLN…OVC020 LYRD FL200. VIS 3-5SM -RA BR. 06Z OVC010. VIS 3- 5SM -RA BR. OTLK…MVFR CIG RA BR.
OLYMPICS…OVC060 TOP FL200. VIS 3-5SM -RASN BR. OTLK…MVFR CIG RASN BR.
CASCDS…OVC060 TOP FL200. VIS 3SM -SN BR. OTLK…MVFR CIG SN BR.
RMNDR…OVC030 LYRD FL200. VIS 3-5SM -RA BR. OTLK…MVFR CIG RA BR

WA E OF CASCDS W…OVC020 LYRD FL200. VIS 3-5SM -RA BR. OTLK…MVFR CIG SHRA BR. E…OVC100 TOP FL200. 23Z OVC080. OCNL -RASN. OTLK…MVFR SHRASN BR.

 

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