terminal area forecast

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terminal area forecast (TAF)

i. A weather forecast for the area around a specific airport, indicating conditions for several hours into the future. The same as a terminal forecast.
ii. Historical and forecast data for enplanements, airport operations, and instrument operations to assist the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and state aviation authorities in meeting their planning, budgeting, and staffing requirements.
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A Terminal Area Forecast, TAF, covers an area 5 statute miles around the airport.
The AWC is complemented by Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) providing local Terminal Area Forecasts and hazardous weather alerts from over 120 locations nationwide.

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