Aviation Forecast Discussion
The National Weather Service at Birmingham has begun to issue aviation forecast discussions for several airports in Central Alabama. The purpose of these discussions is to explain significant aviation weather concerns at and near the surface. In addition, scientific reasoning for composing TAFs (Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts) will be addressed.
The aviation forecast discussions have been implemented as a result of high demand from the aviation community. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), pilots, commercial airlines, flight service stations, control towers, and the rest of the aviation community rely heavily on weather information to make important decisions. Weather concerns pertaining directly to aviation users will be addressed in the discussions.
Special emphasis in the discussions will be placed on:
- low ceilings and visibilities
- fog and haze
- strong surface winds and significant wind shifts
- low level wind shear
The aviation forecast discussions from NWS Birmingham will be focused on the following airports:
BHM - Birmingham International Airport
MGM - Montgomery Regional Airport (Dannelly Field)
TCL - Tuscaloosa Regional Airport
ANB - Anniston Metropolitan Airport
EET - Shelby County Airport
TOI - Troy Municipal Airport
In addition to the primary airports, a seasonal forecast will be done for Talladega Municipal Airport (KASN) in coordination with the two major race months in Talladega, Alabama.
The aviation forecast discussions will be issued around 00, 06, 12, and 18 UTC and appended to the area forecast discussion (AFDBMX).