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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 /15Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
SFC OBSERVATIONS SUGGEST WEAK COLD FRONT STILL ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
COAL FIELDS OF WV THIS MORNING. LIGHT RAIN SHOWERS ARE EVIDENT IN
DOPPLER RADAR MOVING QUICKLY EAST. EXPECT THIS FRONT AND
ASSOCIATED PCPN TO MOVE EAST OF THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS BY MID
MORNING. 

MEANWHILE...IFR CEILINGS WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER THE ELEVATED
TERRAIN...ESPECIALLY BKW THIS MORNING...WHILE MVFR CEILINGS WILL
BE POSSIBLE OVER THE REST OF SITES AT LEAST THROUGH MID MORNING. 

BROAD SFC HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE WEST TODAY...BRINGING
SOME CLEARING TO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON. CONDITIONS SHOULD
IMPROVE TO VFR AREA WIDE BY NOON. 

WITH NEAR CALM FLOW AND MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES...IFR RADIATION FOG IS
LIKELY TO DEVELOP OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AT MOST PLACES. CODED SUCH IFR
CONDITIONS IN THE EXTENDED PART OF TAFS. 

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

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: CIGS MAY LAST LONGER THAN EXPECTED THIS MORNING.
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: 1033 AM EDT TUE SEP 16 2014
UTC 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01
EDT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
CRW H H H M M M M H H H H H
HTS H H H H M M H H H H H H
BKW H H M M H H H M M M M M
EKN H H H H H H H H H H H H
PKB H H 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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Surface observations (METAR)

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

Interactive METAR map (must have Java enabled)


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

All other TAFs

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