Welcome to the Aviation Weather Center

Overview

AviationWeather.gov has a new look! Some of the goals of the new website design were to provide a consistent page layout throughout, reduce duplication and limit the number of pages, and achieve mobile friendliness. The website is organized by utilizing the main page to branch to an interactive map, various impacts dashboards, a data and imagery page, and a handful of other pages that provide weather information for the world airspace system. Check out the tutorial video to the left to get a full overview of the website.

Main Page

The main page utilizes the template visible on all pages of AviationWeather.gov. A header at the top guides the user through the website, and a footer at the bottom provides links to USA.gov and NOAA pages. There is a "Top News" bar along the top to provide details on any new updates to the website or important information for the user. The large static image in the center of the screen shows current aviation weather conditions utilizing AWC products. The smaller images provide links to additional data or tools within AviationWeather.gov". Get the latest station data by entering an airport identifier at the bottom.

Overview Map

Main Page Tutorial

Navigation Bar

The Navigation Bar along the top is consistent throughout each page on AviationWeather.gov and can help the user navigate through different parts of the webpage. Dropdowns on the left side of the navigation bar will load a new location on the site, and the icons on the left will provide additional support or pop-ups to assist in navigation or support questions. The Aviation Weather Center or AWC on mobile devices will always link back to the main page.

Weather

The weather dropdown will direct the user to the the Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) interactive map. Once viewing the GFA, the user can select other parameters and adjust settings on the map. For more information on the GFA, please view the GFA Help page.

Products

The products dropdown leads to various products produced by AWC.

SIGMET: View SIGMETs alone within GFA.

G-AIRMET: View G-AIRMETs alone within GFA.

CWA: View CWAs alone within GFA.

TFM forecast: Redirect to the convective forecast page to view the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) Convective Forecsast (TCF), extended TCF (eTCF), and the Extended Convective Forecast Product (ECFP). More information on the TFM forecasts can be found by clicking here or using the question mark icon within the TFM forecast page.

Tools

The tools dropdown leads to links within AvationWeather.gov that provide additional data and aviation decision support.

Impact board: Redirect to the Impacts board, which is a forecasted time series display of weather conditions and color coded impacts. To view observation data, use the METAR board.

Aviation forecast discussions: Redirect to view aviation forecast discussions, pulled from local weather service forecast offices (WFO).

Winter weather dashboard: Redirect to the winter weather dashboard to view potential winter weather impacts to core airports.

Submit a PIREP: Open a pop-up window to fill out a quick and easy form for PIREP submission. To register for an account click on the envelope at the top right corner and fill out the contact us form with the subject PIREP Access. Once you have gained permission, fill out the form under Submit a PIREP.
NOTE: You must be signed in to submit PIREPs.

World Area Forecast System: Redirect to the NWS display of World Area Forecast System (WAFS) grids. The WAFS Internet File System (WIFS) can be accessed here. NOTE: An account is required to access WIFS data.

Data API: Redirect to the data API to view examples of how to gain access to AWC data quickly and easily.

Decision support imagery: Redirect to the decision support imagery to gain access to static graphics.

Connect

The connect dropdown provides links to learn more about AWC through informational dialogs and social media.

About us: Open a pop-up to learn more about AWC, NOAA, and our mission.

Twitter: Find us on Twitter.

Facebook: Find us on Facebook.

YouTube: Watch tutorial videos and research videos on our Youtube page.

Aviation Weather Testbed: Redirect to our testbed page to learn about current research and experiments.

Icons

The envelope icon on the right will open a pop-up to provide us with feedback or ask a question. Fill out the form and select SUBMIT at the bottom, our web team will get back to you as soon as possible.

The person icon will open a pop-up to sign-in to your account; only a few pages require an account. Use the dark mode toggle to switch between dark and light mode.

And lastly, the question mark will redirect to the respective help pages. For more help pages, click the FAQ tab on the help page you are on.

Top News

The welcome bar and top news bar will scroll through important information and updates to changes on the website. All new updates and changes will be listed here.

Current Conditions

The large image on the screen provides current AWC produced SIGMETs, submitted PIREPs, and flight categories. To view the observations more closely, add more information, or zoom and pan click on the image and utilize the GFA interactive map.

The images to the right of the current conditions on a desktop, or below the current conditions on a mobile device provide links to AWC flagship products. Click on the GFA card to link directly to the TAF page within GFA. You can modify the view or select alternative weather products from within the interactive view. Click the Decision Support Service (DSS) card to view our static imagery.

Station Data

Enter a 4 character station identifier into the ID box and select the data to view. Once the METAR selections are set, click Go. The METAR data and TAF for the airport identified will be displayed in the box.

The footer, found on all pages except the full page interactive maps, provides links to additional Department of Commerce, National Weather Service, and USA.gov information.

About AWC

The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) located in Kansas City, Missouri, issues warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous weather for aviation. Staffed by 76 personnel, the center develops warnings of hazardous weather for aircraft in flight and forecasts of weather conditions for the next two to four days that will impact both domestic and international aviation. The Center leads the collaborative effort to develop a forecast of expected convective events for the entire country every 2 hours used by FAA to manage aviation traffic flows across the country.

The AWC also maintains a six-person unit assigned to the FAA National Command Center located in Warrenton, VA that provides impact-based decision support services (IDSS) directly to FAA National Operations Managers (NOMs). Additionally, the AWC is one of two global World Area Forecast Centers designated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and hosts the NWS Aviation Weather Testbed (AWT) which acts as a catalyst to accelerate aviation weather research into sustained and supportable operations.

Our Mission

The Aviation Weather Center delivers consistent, timely and accurate weather information for the world airspace system. We are a team of highly skilled people dedicated to working with customers and partners to enhance safe and efficient flight.

Our Vision

To be the trusted authority and leading innovator for aviation weather information.

Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, MO and National Aviation Meteorologists in Warrenton, VA

About NCEP

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration created the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) to take advantage of improving technology and better serve the public and modernized National Weather Service. The NCEP’s goal is to protect life and property, as well as mitigate economic loss, by providing accurate forecasts and forecast guidance products to weather service field offices.

The NCEP prepares and makes available national forecasts and outlooks of weather and climate. Meteorologists currently generate weather forecasts for three to five days, soon to extend to seven days. Climate predictions are made for two weeks out to a year.

Nine national centers comprise the NCEP:

The NCEP was established in 1958 as the National Meteorological Center. Since the center’s beginning, operational weather forecasting has transformed from an infant discipline into a mature science.

Visiting AWC

The Aviation Weather Center is located about 3 miles southeast of the Kansas City International Airport. It is co-located with the NWS Central Regional Headquarters and the NWS Training Center.

Address:
7220 NW 101st Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153-2371

Visiting Kansas City

Kansas City is known for its barbeque, jazz, fountains, and home to the Kansas City Chiefs. here is the link to the City web site.

PageOld LinksNew Location
ADDs data server/dataserver, /adds/dataserver_current
ADDs flight path tool/flightpath/gfa cross section tool
HEMS tool/hemst/gfa?mode=la
ADDs data pages/adds/metars, /adds/tafs
Openlayers displays/gfa
SIGMET static images/sigmet/plot/graphics select SIGMET
SIGMET data page/sigmet/dataData discontinued
G-AIRMET static images/gairmet/plot/graphics select GAIRMET
MIS display/cwamis/dataData discontinued
CWA data page/cwamis/data/gfa/?tab=cwa
TCF, eTCF static graphics/tcf/plot/tcf
ECFP static graphics/ecfp/plot/ecfp
Icing CIP/FIP static graphics/icing/plot/graphics select Icing
Freezing Level static graphics/icing/frzlvl/gfa/?tab=ice select freezing level
GTG static graphics/turbulence/gtg/graphics select Turbulence
FB wind interactive map/windtemp/gfa/?tab=winds
FB wind data page/windtemp/dataData discontinued
Wind/temp static plots/windtemp/plotData discontinued
Prog chart SigWx charts/progchart/swh/graphics select SigWx charts
Sfc. prog charts/progchart/sfc/gfa/?tab=obs&layers=prog interactive map
/graphics select WPC prog chart
METAR, TAF, PIREP static images/metar/plot, /taf/plot, /airep/plot/gfa/?tab=obs&layers=metar,airep
/gfa/?tab=taf interactive maps
METAR site page/metar/info/data/metar
Aviation Forecasts/gfa/plotData discontinued
Area Forecast data page/areafcstData discontinued
AIREP/PIREP data page/airep/dataData discontinued
Radar static images/radar/plotradar.weather.gov
Satellite static image/satellite/plot, /satelite/intlweather.rap.ucar.edu/satellite/
Flight Folder page/flightfolderData discontinued
Flight Folder documents/static images/iffdpData discontinued
Gate Forecasts interactive display/trafficflowmgmt/gate/graphics select TFM gate forecast
TFM Portal/trafficflowmgmt/portal/trafficflowmgmt
Standard Briefing/briefingData Discontinued
News Page/news/frontAWC home page

What's New on the Website

This is a brand new page...everything is new!

Archive of old "What's New" here, so it doesn't clutter the page.

FAQ

Why is my link not working?

As part of the upgrade to the site, some pages were consolidated and some URL's have changed. Check out the link conversions to find what you are looking for. If you are still unable to find the information you are looking for, submit a question using the envelope in the top right.

Where is the METAR page?

You can view the METAR data by using the Products dropdown and selecting METAR data. The interactive Graphical Forecasts for Aviation map also displays METARs, under the observations tab. To view METARs alone, click on the Layers button at the top left corner of the map and deselect items you do not wish to view. You can view decoded METARs by checking the "decoded box in the Map Options under the gear icon on GFA. Here is a link to the observations tab: GFA Observations tab.

How do I submit PIREPs?

Sign up for an account on our registration page, or using the Contact Us dialog under the envelope at the top right corner of the screen. Select "PIREP Access" as the category, and be sure to include your airmen’s certificate number or affiliation with an airline, flight school, government or military organization for validation purposes to streamline the process. Accounts are validated via the FAA Airmen Inquiry.

Once you have an account and are logged in, select "Submit a PIREP" from the Tools dropdown and fill out the form. For more information on PIREP submit, use the link at the bottom, or click here.

Where do I submit questions/comments?

Click on the envelope button at the top right corner of your screen to fill out the webmail form. There are some new features and there will be some initial bugs. Please don't hesitate to let us know. We run a deployment of functionality upgrades every month. Critical bugs will be fixed as soon as possible.

Why can't I log in to my account?

You will need to log in and/or have correct permissions. If you do not see a confirmation email after registering, please check your spam folder. Please contact us if further information is required.

How do I access the Flight Path Tool?

The flight path tool is now embedded into the interactive Graphical Forecasts for Aviation map. Click on the rulers in the top right corner of the map to open the display. Enter the airports to navigate, and select the product you wish to display from the dropdown.

Help page links