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Inner triangles within icon denotes improving or deteriorating flight conditions within the first 3 hours. Outer square denotes flight conditions for the next 4 to 12 hour time period.

Aviation Flight Categories (AFC)

Category Ceiling Visibility Icon
LIFR below 500 feet and/or less than 1 mile LIFR symbol
IFR 500 to below 1,000 feet and/or 1 to less than 3 miles IFR symbol
MVFR 1,000 to 3,000 feet and/or 3 to 5 miles MVFR symbol
VFR greater than 3,000 feet and greater than 5 miles VFR symbol
MISSING MISSING MISSING VFR symbol
.AVIATION /10Z SATURDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/...
HIGH PRESSURE EXITS FIRST THING MORNING.  THE FOG BURNS OFF BY 
14Z...YIELDING A VFR DAY TODAY.  A COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM THE W 
MAY BRING SPRINKLES...EVEN A LIGHT RAIN SHOWER...TO THE MOUNTAINS 
TONIGHT.  AN ASSOCIATED STRATOCU DECK WILL REMAIN VFR DURING THE DAY 
TODAY...BEFORE LOWERING TO MVFR TONIGHT.  NEAR AND W OF THE OHIO 
RIVER...THE CLOUDS WILL BREAK UP AS THE BASES LOWER...SO MVFR CIGS 
MAY NEVER BE REALIZED.

LIGHT S TO SW SFC FLOW THIS MORNING WILL BECOME LIGHT W TO SW 
TODAY...AND THEN BECOME A BIT GUSTY IN THE MOUNTAINS TONIGHT AS THE 
FRONT APPROACHES AND THEN CROSSES.  SFC FLOW WILL BE W TO NW BEHIND 
THE FRONT.  SO...EVEN WHERE AND WHEN IT CLEARS...THERE OUGHT TO BE 
ENOUGH WIND AND DRY ADVECTION TO PRECLUDE FOG TONIGHT...ESPECIALLY 
GIVEN LITTLE OR NO RAIN.  LIGHT TO MODERATE W FLOW ALOFT TODAY WILL 
BECOME MODERATE TO STRONG NW BEHIND THE FRONT TONIGHT.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 12Z SUNDAY...
     
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM TO HIGH.

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: TIMING OF FOG BURNING OFF THIS MORNING MAY VARY BY AN HOUR OR SO. WIND SPEEDS AND GUSTS COULD VARY AS THE FRONT APPROACHES AND THEN CROSSES TONIGHT. TIMING AND EXTENT OF MVFR STRATOCU TONIGHT MAY VARY.
EXPERIMENTAL TABLE OF FLIGHT CATEGORY OBJECTIVELY SHOWS CONSISTENCY OF WFO FORECAST TO AVAILABLE MODEL INFORMATION: H = HIGH: TAF CONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL. M = MEDIUM: TAF HAS VARYING LEVEL OF CONSISTENCY WITH MODELS. L = LOW: TAF INCONSISTENT WITH ALL MODELS OR ALL BUT ONE MODEL
Updated: 633 AM EDT SAT OCT 25 2014
UTC 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
EDT 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
CRW L L H H H H H H H H H H
HTS H H H H H H H H H H H H
BKW H H H H H H H H H H H H
EKN L L L M H H H H H H H H
PKB H M H H H H H H H H H H
CKB H H H H H H H H H H H H


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Information on METAR reports

List of current METAR observations across the area - raw format, decoded

Past 24 hours of METAR reports for NWS Charleston TAF sites:

Charleston (CRW) - raw format, decoded
Huntington (HTS) - raw format, decoded
Parkersburg (PKB) - raw format, decoded
Clarksburg (CKB) - raw format, decoded
Elkins (EKN) - raw format, decoded
Beckley (BKW) - raw format, decoded

Other obsevation locations:

Point Pleasant (3I2) - raw format, decoded
Buckhannon (W22) - raw format, decoded
Pineville (I16) - raw format, decoded
Sutton (48I) - raw format, decoded

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Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) issued by NWS Charleston

How to read a TAF

KCRW - Charleston WV text Tactical Decision Aid for CRW
KHTS - Huntington, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for HTS
KPKB - Parkersburg, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for PKB
KCKB - Clarksburg, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for CKB
KEKN - Elkins, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for EKN
KBKW - Beckley, WV text Tactical Decision Aid for BKW

NOTE - The Tatical Decision Aid presents an auto-refreshing page with the TAF broken down into forecast parameters, color-coded by severity. Courtesy of the Center Weather Service Unit in Houston, TX.

Nearby TAFs issued by other NWS offices

KHLG - Wheeling, WV
KMGW - Morgantown, WV
KMRB - Martinsburg, WV
KLWB - Lewisburg, WV
KBLF - Bluefield, WV
KLEX - Lexington, KY
KCMH - Columbus, OH
KPIT - Pittsburgh, PA
KDCA - Washington, DC (Reagan)
KIAD - Washington, DC (Dulles)
KROA - Roanoke, VA

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