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NWS Releases Graphical Forecasts for Aviation

Yesterday, the National Weather Service released its latest product for aviation, the “Graphic Forecasts for Aviation.” Previously, the tool was only experimental, but it has now been upgraded to “operational status.”

The tool is a great way to visual current and future weather conditions. In this screenshot, I’m looking ahead a few hours to see the forecast for ceilings in my state:

Listen, there are a ton of great ways to get aviation weather. Apps like ForeFlight and WingX offer plenty of options, but I always end up back the NWS for real analysis.

It’s worth noting that flight service specialists won’t begin using the tool until at July, according to AOPA.

More to come from me on this, including a video tutorial on using the tool, but for now, check it out for yourself. It’s pretty simple to use.