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Graphical Forecasts for Aviation & Cloud Tops


November 8th 2017

Graphical Forecasts for Aviation Cloud Tops

Last month the NOAA's Aviation Weather website retired the Area Forecast (FA) weather report. This report was filled with hard to read acronyms but contained valuable data such as cloud tops. Cloud tops can be very important if you are an instrument pilot that is looking to climb above the tops to clearer weather.

At the same time the Area Forecast was retired, they released Graphical Forecasts for Aviation which does contain cloud tops. Simply choose the "Forecast" button, "Clouds", and then "Tops" in the map view.

The Instrument Pilot Knowledge Test has also switched to questions regarding the Graphical Forecast, as can be seen in the Knowledge Test Supplement.




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