The National Weather Service (NWS) has developed the INSITE tool (INtegrated Support for Impacted air-Traffic Environments) to improve NWS convective impact forecasts by providing functionality that enables forecasters to include more precise impact areas in aviation convective weather forecast products. The tool lets forecasters identify potential constraints to the National Airspace System by combining forecast weather and air-traffic data. Improved convective weather forecast products can reduce delays in air-traffic and increase efficiency in the National Airspace System (NAS). In this 45-minute lesson, we follow an approach for using INSITE from a national and a regional-level perspective.
The intended audience for Forecasting Aviation Convective Impacts with INSITE includes:
- NWS forecasters at the Aviation Weather Center (AWC),
- National Aviation Meteorologists (NAMs) at the FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), and
- Meteorologists at the 20 CONUS Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs)
The domain of the INSITE tool is currently limited to CONUS, the Great Lakes, adjacent coastal waters, and nearby airspace to the north and south.