What about the unfamiliar METAR (hourly reports) and TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast
Fast forward to the terminal aerodrome forecast
(TAF) and look for PK WND in the remarks (RMK) section and you'll know gusts are expected to exceed 25 knots.
We're all familiar with the NWS terminal aerodrome forecast
(TAF)--forecasts for weather within a 5 mile radius of the given airport.
For flights over an hour, a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast
(TAF) is used.
It is rare to see thunderstorms that are embedded appear in a terminal aerodrome forecast
The FA and AIRMET Sierra are used by pilots for en route weather and to determine forecasts for airports that do not have a terminal aerodrome forecast
TAFs (Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts
) are: (May have multiple answers.)
After a public comment period begun in 2014, the FAA and NWS determined the FA resulted in "a broad forecast of limited value." The NWS said it "provides equivalent information through a number of better alternatives," including "more-modern digital and graphical forecasts, observations, and communications capabilities." The NWS added that existing alternatives to the FA include surface weather analyses and prognostic charts, significant weather (SIGWX) charts, terminal aerodrome forecasts
(TAFs) and Airmets.
* Airport summary information has been added to include: METARs (Meteorological Actual Reports) and TAFs (Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts
), PIREPs (Pilot Reports), sunrise and sunset information, and FAA delay information.