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Aerodrome Weather Warnings

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Aerodrome Weather Warnings Service?

As part of the arrangements for Met services in the UK provided on behalf of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), aerodrome weather warnings have been provided for a number of years.

As inclement weather can have impacts at all sizes of aerodromes, warnings are issued for a wide range of UK aerodromes providing concise information of meteorological conditions that could adversely affect aircraft on the ground, including parked aircraft, and the aerodrome facilities and services.

Aerodrome warnings have been designed to be available to the widest possible range of aviation users, including airport operators, air traffic control units and general aviation pilots. As such, warnings are displayed via the aviation weather briefing website. Warning alerts sent via email are also available, ensuring that aviation users can be alerted in advance of conditions that may affect aerodrome operations in accordance with specified lead times.

What aerodrome warnings are provided?

  • Strong Wind (mean 20kt or more and/or gusts of 28 kt)
  • Gale (mean 34kt or more and/or gusts of 43kt)
  • Frost (Ground Frost, Air Frost, Ground and Air Frost)
  • Snow
  • Fog (including Freezing Fog)
  • Thunderstorm (including Thunderstorm & Hail, Thunderstorm & Squall, Squall, Thunderstorm & Hail & Squall)
  • Hail
  • Freezing Precipitation (liquid precipitation freezing in contact with hard surfaces)
  • Temperature Inversion (an increase in air temperature of 10C or more in the lowest 1000ft)

All warnings are provided in a standardised text format.

When are warnings issued?

Warnings are issued every six hours, four times per day* at the following times (UTC):

Time of update Period of validity
0530-45 1200-1800
1130-45 1800-0000
1730-45 0000-0600
2330-45 0600-1200

The set times for updating the UK aerodrome warnings product allows the Met Office to provide appropriate lead times in order to provide advance notice of hazards relevant to aviation. This assists aerodromes and pilots planning to respond to these hazards.

All warnings have at least six hours lead time, with the exception of thunderstorm warnings that have a lead time of one hour. The warnings cover all or part of the six hour periods.

*at a small number of airports, warnings will be issued as and when neccasery.

 

How can I view the Aerodrome warnings?

The aerodrome weather warnings issued can be accessed from the Met Office’s Aviation Briefing portal General Aviation services (free registration required). This portal allows registered users to view warnings on a map based view, (indicated by a red triangle) or when looking at the detail of an individual aerodrome location.
 

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aerodrome warnings

How can I be alerted about Aerodrome warnings for selected aerodromes?

In addition to viewing Aerodrome Warnings on the Aviation Briefing portal, it is also possible to set your own preference to receive aerodrome warnings for up to two aerodromes by email. This is achieved using the Aerodrome warning alerts menu option available under Settings menu in the Aviation briefing service.

NB. It is the registered users responsibility to ensure their ability to receive email alerts. The Met Office does not guarantee delivery to individual end points.

 

Complementary information

The AWWS should be used as part of an overall Met monitoring routine with users also expected to monitor weather as conditions dictate utilizing all products as usual such as TAFS, METARs, Charts F214/F215 and other Met sources as appropriate, including the National Severe Weather Warnings Service (NSWWS). NSWWS warnings provide useful supplementary information to enhance situational awareness and to provide early indications of adverse weather helping to deliver the desired holistic approach. Further details can be on the Met Office website.

Summary

Aerodrome warnings issued are available on the Met Office’s aviation briefing service, supported by an optional, free to register, e-mail alert. The key aspects of the product are:

  • Freely accessible at the point of use (subject to registration)
  • Warnings issued routinely every 6 hours, 4 times per day (for selected airports this may be at other times as well).
  • Maximum 6 hour validity period of warnings
  • Minimum lead time of 15 mins for thunderstorm warnings and 6 hours for other warnings
  • Warnings available on web site map viewer and by email
  • Integration and coherence with the Public Weather Service National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS)

 

 

Last updated: Oct 16, 2015 12:40 PM