Writing TAFS for Winter Weather

Writing TAFS for Winter Weather
• Understand the importance of accurate and timely winter-type precipitation forecasts from the various users' perspective; • Identify the most effective tools/products/data to limit uncertainty in forecasts for freezing rain, mixed precipitation, snow, and blowing snow; • Create a PPTAF that meets customer needs for airport (s) in case examples; • Issue effective TAFs proactively for freezing rain, mixed precipitation, snow, blowing snow, or any combination of these elements on an event-driven basis; • Make decisions about potential weather changes and expressing ceiling, visibility, and precipitation intensity appropriately in the TAF • Consult conditional climatology and AVNFPS to mitigate uncertainty • Recognize winter weather precipitation changes and events timing that necessitate an update to the TAF • Make effective use of guidance products (i.e., Aviation Forecast Discussions) to express uncertainty about these phenomena; • Ensure terminal forecasts are consistent with your office's watch and warning, local forecast, and guidance products as well as similar products from national centers; • Demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively when preparing a terminal forecast