Writing TAFs for Convective Weather, 2nd Edition

Writing TAFs for Convective Weather, 2nd Edition
  • Determine how general convective hazards (e.g., lightning, strong winds, heavy rain, reduced ceiling/visibility, or hail) might impact airport operations.
  • Describe how the unique characteristics of each convective type relate to creating a TAF.
  • List the strengths and weaknesses of using BUFKIT, AMDAR, AWIPS Time-of-Arrival (TOA)/Lead Time, and other special tools for creating a TAF for convection.
  • Explain why the TAF writing procedure needs to be revised for convection and why the use of special tools is so important for this process.
  • Produce a practical TAF for a mesoscale convective system, air mass thunderstorms, supercell thunderstorms, or microbursts.
  • Effectively articulate forecast logic and uncertainty about a TAF in an Aviation Forecast Discussion (AvnFD).
  • Ensure a TAF is consistent with other forecast products from both the local office and national centers and explain how the Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts Directive impacts the TAF building process for convective weather.
  • Use a weather watch to proactively issue weather product updates.
  • Identify when coordination is necessary for the TAF and with whom it should be conducted.