AviationWx

AviationWx (Side Project)

I have a love for aviation, weather, and computing. So, I decided to leverage all three of my interests and blend them together to create a tiny side project called AviationWx, short for Aviation Weather.

The purpose of this website aims to bring a myriad of meteorological data that was specially crafted for aviation to pilots of all ranks, even down to the aviation enthusiast. The data that makes these plots comes from the North American Rapid Refresh Ensemble (NARR-E). Created by NCEP, the NARR-E contains a plethora of derived products, including en-route products, updated hourly. For a brief methodology on the meteorological aspects of the model, it is comprised of a time-lagged output of 6 Rapid Refresh (RAP) and 4 North American Model (NAM) runs.

Below, a screenshot of the site can be found:

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For AviationWx, I produce the following products (52 in total): 

Light / Moderate / and Heavy Clear Air Turbulence (CAT)

Light. Moderate. and Heavy Clear Air Turbulence is forecasted for the following Flight Levels: FL180 / 210 / 240 / 270 / 300 / 330 / 360 /  390 / 420

Icing

Icing is forecasted for the following Flight Levels: / Surface / FL030 / 060 / 090 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210

Visibility

Visibility less than 0.25 / 0.5 / 1.00 / 2.00 / and 4.00 miles at the surface

Vertical Speed Shear

Wind Shear Exceeding 20 Knots at Surface /  10 Meter Speed Shear Exceeding 20 Knots / 10 Meter Speed Shear Exceeding 40 Knots / 10 Meter Speed Shear Exceeding 60 Knots

Convective Precipitation

Probability of Convective Precipitation

Precipitation Type and Amount

Probability of: / Rain / Snow / Freezing Rain / Ice Pellets / Probability of Precipitation Exceeding 0.01 Inches / Probability of Precipitation Exceeding 0.25 Inches / Probability of Precipitation Exceeding 0.50 Inches