By: Ken Wallingford, Aviation Focal Point
Along with forecasting the weather for everyday activities,
as well as tracking and issuing warnings for major storms, there is another
important responsibility for forecasters here at the NWS in Caribou. This
responsibility is the preparation and issuance of several aviation products.
These aviation forecasts have a tendency to remain somewhat out of the spotlight,
but are in fact used readily by a wide spectrum of users across northern and
Our office issues 4 TAFs (Caribou, Presque Isle, Houlton and Bangor) and 2 TWEB routes (Portland, ME to Caribou, ME and Bangor, ME to Burlington, VT) These products are prepared in standard aviation METAR code, a code widely used throughout the world and by a wide variety of users. Our users range from recreational private pilots to major airline carriers to just about everything in between. Forecasters here use various computer software programs to prepare and disseminate our aviation products. For those interested in aviation, these products along with a wealth of additional aviation information can be found at www.aviationweather.gov