Winter precipitation types

The big freeze is coming!  So it’s that time of the year to review one important aspect of airframe icing, namely, precipitation type. The three basic wintry precipitation types include freezing rain (and freezing drizzle), snow and ice pellets (colloquially known as sleet). It’s important to understand that METARs and TAFs typically report or...

October 2018 SporkNews

Greetings! If you are new to WeatherSpork, welcome to the family!  Congratulations, you are now officially a Sporkie!  This e-Newsletter will be emailed out at the beginning of each month to keep you updated on the progress of new features and content provided by WeatherSpork. We are listening and we’ve already received dozens of feature...

September 2018 SporkNews

If you are new to WeatherSpork, welcome to the family!  This e-Newsletter will be emailed out at the beginning of each month to keep you updated on the new features and content provided by WeatherSpork.  We hope the app has made your preflight weather analysis much easier and has saved you time to find that...

August 2018 SporkNews

If you are new to WeatherSpork, welcome to the family!  This e-Newsletter will be emailed out at the beginning of each month to keep you updated on the new features and content provided by WeatherSpork.  We hope the app has made your preflight weather analysis much easier and has saved you time to find that...

Major NWS data outages

As some of you may know, there was a major data center outage at some of the offices within the National Weather Service (NWS).  This caused a disruption in some weather guidance in WeatherSpork that has continued into this morning.  The Aviation Weather Center (AWC) was disrupted along with the Weather Prediction Center (WPC). ...

Convective outflow boundaries

When thunderstorms develop and evolve, their “exhaust” is cold dense air flowing down through the storm, striking the ground and moving outward away from the storm.  To better understand this, imagine pouring pancake batter onto a griddle.  The edge of that pancake is the outflow boundary which is essentially a gust front of sorts. ...

HREF outage in WeatherSpork Imagery view

Over the past several days, the HREF products have been unavailable in the Imagery view.   They are provided by NOAA and are generated by a non-operational or experimental platform which makes them vulnerable to have outages from time to time.   Here’s the statement provided by NOAA… “Once again the NCEP development computer is unavailable...

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