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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 /08Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/...
SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW A MID TO LOW LEVEL CLOUD DECK ACROSS THE
NORTHEAST MOUNTAINS AFFECTING EKN WITH MVFR CEILINGS AND BKW WITH
IFR CEILINGS. EXPECT THESE CLOUDS TO DISSIPATE BY MID MORNING. CLEAR
SKIES WILL PREVAIL FOR THE REST OF THE SITES THROUGH THIS EVENING
EXCEPT FOR FEW CIRRUS PASSING BY...AS A SFC HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS
FROM THE WEST.

CLOUDS WILL INCREASE LATE TONIGHT AS AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE
APPROACHES. RAIN SHOWERS WILL SPREAD FROM WEST TO EAST OVERNIGHT
TONIGHT WITH MAINLY MVFR CONDITIONS. CHANCES ARE LOW AT THIS POINT
SO DID NOT INCLUDE SHOWERS IN TAFS.

CALM WINDS BECOMING NORTH NORTHEAST TODAY AT MOST PLACES.

FORECAST CONFIDENCE AND ALTERNATE SCENARIOS THROUGH 06Z THURSDAY...
     
FORECAST CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM.

ALTERNATE SCENARIOS: THERE MAY BE MORE MOISTURE THAN FORECAST AND FOG AND STRATUS COULD PRODUCE LIFR CONDITIONS BY SUNRISE ALONG SOME RIVER VALLEYS.
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: 644 AM EDT WED MAY 20 2015
UTC 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
EDT 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
CRW H H H M M H M H H H H H
HTS H H H M M H H H H H H H
BKW H M M M M M M H H H H H
EKN M H H H H H M M M M H H
PKB H M M M M M M M H H H H
CKB H M M M M M H H M M H H


Forecast Graphics for Ceiling and Visibility

07Z-Cig
08Z-Cig
09Z-Cig
10Z-Cig
07Z-Vsby
08Z-Vsby
09Z-Vsby
10Z-Vsby

Other Graphical Forecast Images
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Aviation Guidance Products

GFS LAMP Aviation Guidance

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

Interactive TAF Map (must have Java enabled)

 


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