These Area Forecast reports are obtained from NOAA's National Weather Service
Aviation Weather Center website,
FA reports contain forecast of general conditions over an area the size of several states. They
do not contain hazardous weather such as freezing levels or icing aloft. For hazards, see
inflight weather advisories (AIRMETs and SIGMETs, available on the AvnWx.com map).
The FA contains three broad reports for each area: a) Synopsis of weather systems over the next 18 hours; b) Clouds
and weather forecast (first 12 hours), followed by c) Outlook (final 6 hours).
The reports are translated from the standard encoded FA Report on-the-fly automatically
by a computer into the more readable decoded version. No person reviews this translation
(hopefully I'm +5000AGL while you're reading this) so some odd translations may occur. If in doubt,
check the untranslated ("raw") version against the translation ("cooked").
If you see a bizarre translation, please feel free to email, and include a section
of the before and after translation. (Cut-and-paste from the report, for example.) Sometimes
it's tricky to know when 'OR' means 'Oregon', or simply 'or'; or when 'BIG' means 'big' or 'Big Delta Aiport, Arkansas'.
As always, you may use this information for guidance, but obtain a standard
flight brief for proper planning prior to flight.
Translations are (c) AvnWx.com and may be used only if proper credit (logo and URL)