At 1855, a convective Sigmet
was issued, advising of a line of thunderstorms 50 miles wide along a line that went through the accident region.
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We were under a convective SIGMET
(significant meteorological advisory), with conditions not expected to change through the night.
The briefer informed him his route was under a convective SIGMET
When the FAA's Aviation Weather Center has not issued a Convective Sigmet
, but its air route traffic control centers get pilot reports or radar indications of thunderstorms, the center meteorologist may issue a center weather advisory (CWA) giving essentially the same type of warning.
The Convective SIGMET
indicates a possible issuance for the ETA of 1700Z, the affected area just touching the destination.
A Convective Sigmet
was in effect for the area at the time of the crash.
In fact, when I spoke with AWC meteorologist Jim Roets last summer, he mentioned, "As late as last week we had an issue with the Convective SIGMET
Jacksonville Center issued a Convective Sigmet
and at the end of the transmission the controller announced, ".
If you are delayed beyond this, deep, moist convection that meets convective SIGMET
criteria will tend to be much more active in the afternoon, destroying your chances for a direct routing.
The sky may already be lit up with active thunderstorms showing up nicely on NEXRAD and protected by a fence called a Convective SIGMET
Convective tops, however, are not always covered by AIRMETs and it's rare to see an advisory issued for a healthy field of cumulus clouds that don't meet Convective SIGMET