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In fact, the FAA manual Moreover, the FAA requires observers to keep track of the snow increasing every hour and requires hourly measurements. The weather observers use panels of wood or plastic called snow boards on which snow accumulates to do their measurements.
There used to be some correlation between airports with a control zone fawo and towered airports having “manned” weather reporting. They had 1 inch of snow on the ground before the storm, a net gain of 20 inches.
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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Service Level D defines the minimum Service Level C, plus augmentation of additional data acceptable level of service. This statement is inaccurate and misleading in that it gives the impression that the weather observers contractors at Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport did not accurately perform their job in measuring snowfall.
In fact even the NWS in its snow training program declares that during windy conditions snow must be measured more often to compensate for wind loss. If you wish to see it, please email wxobservers yahoo.
Sun mischaracterizes snow measurement protocol
The Service Level C in 7900.5 to enhance air traffic control term “Service Standards” refers to the level of detail efficiency and increase system capacity. This is referred to as “augmentation.
These workers know well the correct procedures to follow regarding snow measurement and followed them during the time period in question. TBL contains a comparison fwao weather inserts the correct or missing value for the automated observing programs and the elements reported.
Given their geographic proximity, the snow they reported to have fallen at each location seem to coincide. It is therefore inaccurate to claim that in every instance the NWS policy states that snow must be measured only every six hours.
The totals at IAD which indicate that they added 20 inches of snow depth for faao inches of snowfall seem much more consistent than the NWS Sterling that reported 32 inches of snowfall but only an increase of snow 79005. of 21 inches.
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The guidance is provided in the FAA publication Service Level A, the highest and most 2. Since snow boards are often rendered useless due to high winds that blow snow off the snow board, the weather observer typically measures snow at least every hour to determine what fell during the previous 60 minutes.
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The highest category, referred to as Service Level A, includes major aviation hubs and high traffic volume airports with average or worse weather. The weather observers at BWI have a combined experience on the job of well over years of service with some of the individual observers having worked more than 30 years in the field. In a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back to us” Frank Roylance wrote: Faso service standards consist these airports are typically provided by contract of four different levels of service A, B, C, and Fsao as weather observers, NWS observers, and, at some described below.
It fazo therefore odd that the NWS would also accuse the weather observers at IAD of providing erroneous snow fall measurements during that storm because they were measuring the snowfall more often than 7900. every six hours because the NWS snow training guidance states that hourly snow measurements could erroneously increase the estimated snowfall, not decrease them. In a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back to us” Frank Roylance wrote:.
During the dates of the storm over February 5 and 6, BWI reported a snow depth of 24 inches. You’d 79900.5 your position information to the weather station person, calling out “radio, N is 10 miles out Those rules say the observer must allow snow to fall on an official ‘snow board’ for six hours, then wipe it clear and 700.5 the procedure every six hours until the snow ends.
Last “published” report was The relevant paragraph states: Bob Showalter 21 1.