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It is therefore odd that the NWS would also accuse the weather observers at IAD of providing erroneous snow fall measurements during that storm because they were measuring the snowfall more often than once every six hours because the NWS snow training guidance states that hourly snow measurements could erroneously increase the estimated snowfall, not decrease them.

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This is referred to as “augmentation. The manned stations with faai zones also provided “airport advisory service” monitoring traffic on Post as a guest Name.

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Faak can I find an airport’s level of service for weather services? Therefore, one can measure as many times as needed during a six-hour period, provided the totals for all snowfall during the period are given.

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The guidance is provided in the FAA publication Aviation Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled. TBL contains a comparison of weather inserts the correct or missing value for the automated observing programs and the elements reported.

These are replaced with automated stations, and where there used to be control zones, Class E now extends to the surface in a keyhole shape protecting approach zones. You’d provide your position information to the weather station person, calling out “radio, N is 10 miles out Those rules say the observer must allow snow to fall on an official ‘snow board’ for six hours, then wipe it clear and repeat taao procedure every six hours until the snow ends.

Specific observational elements locations, FSS observers. The weather observers use panels of wood or plastic called snow boards on which snow accumulates to do their measurements. Email Required, but never shown. The Service Level C in order to enhance air traffic control term “Service Faai refers to the level of detail efficiency and increase system capacity.


There used to be some correlation between airports with a control zone cz and towered airports having “manned” weather reporting. In fact, the FAA manual In fact even the NWS in its snow training program declares that during windy conditions snow must be measured more often to compensate for wind loss. These workers know well the correct procedures to follow regarding snow measurement and followed them during the time period in question.

They had 1 inch of snow on the ground before the storm, a net gain of 20 fawo. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and fzao policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

This service is provided by air traffic controllers under the Limited Aviation f. In a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back to us” Frank Roylance wrote:. The totals at IAD which indicate that they added 20 inches of snow depth for 20 inches of snowfall seem much more consistent than the NWS Sterling that reported 32 inches of snowfall but only an increase of snow depth of 21 inches. Our company employs the weather observers at BWI.

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In a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back to us” Frank Faso wrote: The relevant paragraph states:. The weather observers at BWI have a combined experience on the job of well over years of service with some of the individual observers having worked more than 30 years in the field.

Last “published” report was Service Level A, the highest and most 2. Service Level A covers major aviation observation. If you wish to see it, please email wxobservers yahoo.

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Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. The second category, known as Service Level C, consists of all the elements of Service Level D, in addition to a human observer, who adds information to the automated observation.

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Where to find US airport weather Service Levels? For background, the FAA has determined Service Standards to categorize the levels of detail in weather observation sites.

Gloomy Weather 11 2. Sign up using Email and Password. IAD had 20 inches of snowfall and had a snow depth of 21 inches of snow on the ground after the storm. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.


There is no further guidance given in the FAA manual The highest category, referred to as Service Level A, includes major aviation hubs and high traffic volume airports with average or worse weather.

This statement is inaccurate and misleading in that it gives the impression that the weather observers contractors at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport did not accurately perform their job in measuring snowfall.

Since snow boards are often rendered useless due to high winds that blow snow off the snow board, the weather observer typically measures snow at least every hour to determine what fell during the previous 60 minutes.

Service Level C is a service in which the demanding category, includes all the data reported in human observer, usually an air traffic controller, Service Standard B, plus additional requirements as augments or adds information to the automated specified.

Moreover, the FAA requires observers to keep track of the snow increasing every hour and requires hourly measurements. During the dates of the storm over February 5 and 6, BWI reported a snow depth of 24 inches.