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BruceAir

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NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« on: December 10, 2015, 11:00:21 AM »
Even if you don’t use ForeFlight, this explanation by the app’s resident meteorologist is an excellent overview of the AFD as a complement to other reports and forecasts.
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Re: NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2015, 02:07:00 PM »
Thanks Bruce!

I learned about the Area Forecast Discussion from reading "Weather Flying" by R. Buck.  Its been part of my daily required reading for some time now.  Seattle Area Forecast Discussion
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Re: NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015, 02:27:19 PM »
AFD is a great tool to understand what's going on now and for the next several days.  It's also helpful to read the forecaster's confession that confidence in the forecast is very low, and it's basically a coin flip.
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Re: NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2015, 02:45:27 PM »
I've know about the AFD for some time now. I prefer it, and find they are more accurate.

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Re: NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2015, 02:46:37 PM »
for my west coast flights I read the forecast discussions:

www.weather.gov/seattle
/portland
/medford
/sacramento
/sanfrancisco

  Also, with weather underground's wundermap, on the right where you would choose radar or weather stations, has a model data selection. Click the cog gear for settings.  You can run the latest GFS/NAM/ECMWF forecast models the discussion talks about in a time lapse to see how each model plays out.   MSL is precipitation, there's also winds etc.

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Re: NWS Area Forecast Discussions
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2015, 05:17:34 PM »
Sometimes there's a joke in there as well as your regular informative weather discussions :)

http://weather.funnelfiasco.com/fd-hof/AFDSEW-201201161202.html

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