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Today’s Aviation Weather Forecasting Centers

Latest Weather Forecast (Pilot)Weather Forecast Office staff members issue more than 4,000 aviation weather forecasts each day. The agency’s 122 Weather Forecast Offices provide 575 airports with almost 2,500 aviation weather forecasts and nearly 1,300 in-flight forecasts daily.

Forecasters at a variety of National Weather Service offices comprise the aviation weather forecast team, including meteorologists at 122 local weather forecast offices; the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU) in Anchorage, Alaska.

The National Weather Service also operates 21 Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs) at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers across the country. NOAA meteorologists at CWSUs provide in-person guidance to air traffic controllers about threatening weather conditions as they happen.

Weather Forecast Office staff members issue more than 4,000 aviation weather forecasts each day. The agency’s 122 Weather Forecast Offices provide 575 airports with almost 2,500 aviation weather forecasts and nearly 1,300 in-flight forecasts daily.

The AWC also provides forecasts to international aviation users for airspace above 25,000 feet (7.6 kilometers) around the globe. Weather Forecast Honolulu, Hawaii, issues aviation warnings over a large portion of the central Pacific.

Today, where to fly or whether to fly are decisions pilots and air traffic planners make thousands of times a day. Record numbers of commercial flights have crisscrossed American skies in recent years, and the aviation industry expects the numbers to increase. The latest weather forecast and current conditions are crucial in making the right decisions about whether to land or fly.

NOAA’s National Weather Service uses a combination of state-of-the-art technology and skilled meteorologists to develop aviation weather forecasts for flights over the United States, as well as for air traffic around the globe.

Weather Forecast Honolulu, Hawaii, issues aviation warnings over a large portion of the central Pacific.