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PLEASE NOTE: This page is provided for informational purposes only. Always obtain a complete briefing from the nearest FAA Flight Service Station prior to departure.

TAF and NDFD Forecasts for Airport Locations - Click on the icons below to obtain a forecast from our gridded forecast database. Click here for a description of elements that appear in the NDFD Aviation Forecast Table.

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 /03Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/...
SHOWERS AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT APPROACHING FROM THE W WILL BRING MVFR 
VSBY AT TIMES MAINLY NRN SITES BEFORE MIDNIGHT.  OTHERWISE MVFR CIGS 
AT TIMES OVERNIGHT...WILL BECOME MORE PERSISTENT IN THE MOUNTAINS 
DURING THE DAY TUE...AFTER THE COLD FRONT PASSES TUE MORNING.  MVFR 
CIGS AT TIMES LOWLANDS TUE.  SHOWERS WILL DOT MUCH OF THE AREA TUE 
AFTERNOON IN THE UNSTABLE AIR BENEATH AN UPPER LEVEL LOW DROPPING 
SWD INTO THE AREA.  THESE SHOWERS SHOULD BE MOST NUMEROUS ACROSS 
NORTHERN WV...AND IN THE MOUNTAINS.

LIGHT SW SFC FLOW OVERNIGHT WILL BECOME W BEHIND THE FRONT TUE...A 
BIT GUSTY ON THE RIDGES.  MODERATE SW FLOW ALOFT OVERNIGHT WILL 
BECOME LIGHT TO MODERATE W BY TUE MORNING...AND LIGHT TO MODERATE NW 
BEHIND THE FRONT ALOFT BY TUE AFTERNOON.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 00Z WEDNESDAY...
          
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM. 

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: TIMING OF MVFR CONDITIONS COULD VARY...WITH BRIEF IFR NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION LATE OVERNIGHT AND TUE.
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: 1031 PM EDT MON OCT 20 2014
UTC 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
EDT 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
CRW H H H H H H H M H H M L
HTS H H H H M M M H H H H M
BKW H H H H H H H H H H H H
EKN H H H H H H M M M L H L
PKB H H H H H M M H H H M L
CKB H H H H H H H H H H H H


Forecast Graphics for Ceiling and Visibility

09Z-Cig
10Z-Cig
11Z-Cig
12Z-Cig
09Z-Vsby
10Z-Vsby
11Z-Vsby
12Z-Vsby

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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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