WIFS Weather Products

WIFS hosts the following aviation weather products intended for international flight planning and documentation in accordance with ICAO Annex 3, Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation.

WAFS Grids (GRIB2)

Gridded model forecasts in General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary Form Edition 2 (GRIB2) format. Forecasts of the following fields are available every 3 hours from forecast hours 6 through 36 on a 1.25 x 1.25 degree global grid:

  • temperature at 17 pressure levels (100 mb, 125 mb, 150 mb, 175 mb, 200 mb, 225 mb, 250 mb, 275 mb, 300 mb, 350 mb, 400 mb, 450 mb, 500 mb, 600 mb, 700 mb, 750 mb, 850 mb)
  • geopotential height at 17 pressure levels (100 mb, 125 mb, 150 mb, 175 mb, 200 mb, 225 mb, 250 mb, 275 mb, 300 mb, 350 mb, 400 mb, 450 mb, 500 mb, 600 mb, 700 mb, 750 mb, 850 mb)
  • U/V wind components at 17 pressure levels (100 mb, 125 mb, 150 mb, 175 mb, 200 mb, 225 mb, 250 mb, 275 mb, 300 mb, 350 mb, 400 mb, 450 mb, 500 mb, 600 mb, 700 mb, 750 mb, 850 mb)
  • relative humidity at 5 pressure levels (500 mb, 600 mb, 700 mb, 750 mb and 850 mb)
  • maximum U/V wind components
  • height of maximum wind
  • height of tropopause
  • temperature at the tropopause
  • blended GFS/UKMET clear air turbulence probability (average and maximum) at 6 pressure levels (150 mb, 200 mb, 250 mb, 300 mb, 350 mb, 400 mb)
  • blended GFS/UKMET in-cloud turbulence probability (average and maximum) at 6 pressure levels (300 mb, 400 mb, 500 mb, 600 mb, and 700 mb)
  • blended GFS/UKMET icing probability (average and maximum) at 6 reference pressure levels (300 mb, 400 mb, 500 mb, 600 mb, 700 mb, and 800 mb)
  • blended GFS/UKMET Horizontal Extent of Cumulonimbus for the entire atmospheric column
  • blended GFS/UKMET Height of the Cumulonimbus Base
  • blended GFS/UKMET Height of the Cumulonimbus Top

Significant Weather (SIGWX) BUFR and PNG Charts

Upper-air aviation charts that include jet stream locations, clear air turbulence, thunderstorm, andtropopause height. These are produced by forecasters at WAFC Washington and WAFC London.

SIGWX BUFR WMO Headers

WMO Header Description
JUBE99 EGRR WAFC LONDON CUMULONIMBUS CLOUDS FL250-FL630
JUBE99 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON CUMULONIMBUS CLOUDS FL250-FL630
JUCE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE FL250-FL630
JUCE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE FL250-FL630
JUFE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON SURFACE FRONTS
JUFE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON SURFACE FRONTS
JUJE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON SURFACE FRONTS..LIMITED AREAS
JUJE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON SURFACE FRONTS..LIMITED AREAS
JUME00 EGRR WAFC LONDON CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE FL100-FL450
JUME00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON CLEAR AIR TURBULENCE FL100-FL450
JUNE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON CLOUD..ICING..TURBULENCE FL100-FL450
JUNE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON CLOUD..ICING..TURBULENCE FL100-FL450
JUOE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON TROPOPAUSE HEIGHT FL100-FL450
JUOE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON TROPOPAUSE HEIGHT FL100-FL450
JUTE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON JETSTREAM FL100-FL450
JUTE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON JETSTREAM FL100-FL450
JUTE97 EGRR WAFC LONDON TROPOPAUSE HEIGHT FL250-FL630
JUTE97 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON TROPOPAUSE HEIGHT FL250-FL630
JUVE00 EGRR WAFC LONDON Volcanoes, Tropical Cyclones, Sandstorms
JUVE00 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON Volcanoes, Tropical Cyclones, Sandstorms
JUWE96 EGRR WAFC LONDON JETSTREAM FL250-FL630
JUWE96 KKCI WAFC WASHINGTON JETSTREAM FL250-FL630

SIGWX PNG WMO Headers

WMO Header Description
PGAE05 KKCI ICAO Area H Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGBE05 KKCI ICAO Area I Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGDE29 KKCI ICAO Area M Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGEE05 KKCI ICAO Area A Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGGE05 KKCI ICAO Area F Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGIE05 KKCI ICAO Area B1 Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGJE05 KKCI ICAO Area J Significant Weather FL250-FL630
PGNE14 KKCI North Atlantic Significant Weather FL100-FL450

Volcanic Ash and Tropical Cyclone Advisories (PNG)

Graphics of volcanic ash produced by the nine Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers across the world. They are transmitted as PNG graphics. The same applies for tropical cyclone advisories even though at this time only advisories from Japan are provided.

Operational Meteorology (OPMET) Messages

Alphanumeric messages consisting of routine aviation weather reports (METAR and SPECI), terminal aerodrome forecasts (TAFs), en-route hazardous weather warnings of significant meteorological information (SIGMETs), pilot reports (PIREP), volcanic ash advisory messages (VAA) messages, and tropical cyclone advisory messages.

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