NWS Area Forceast Discussions

This is probably one of the most important pages to read before flying. There are two ways to access this product. Clicking on the map above will take you to the Aviation Weather Center's Aviation Forecast Discussion page, with an identical map. Clicking on the region of interest will then produce the aviation forecast notes and discussion for that particular region. This can often contain the forecaster's concerns for the next TAF, and even what they have withheld from the current TAF because they cannot yet substantiate their local gut feel on the trends. It is usually written informally and somewhat personally, and is as good if not better than the old phone calls to the FSS briefer.

For a more detailed look at the forecaster's notes and discussion, click on the link below. This will take you to a list of forecast offices, from which you can select the location you are interested in. When you select a forecast office, you will be taken to an extensive textual discussion of the short and long term area forecast for that region. This will include the aviation forecast obtained from the map above, but also considerably more discussion of the relevant weather systems and features that are driving the forecast. The content tends to vary depending on the forecast office and, I'm sure, the individual forecaster. However, you will almost always find a detailed discussion of both the short and long range forecasts, along with some justifications for those forecasts.

Short and Long Term Forecast Discussion