FAAO 7900.5 PDF

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The service standards consist these airports are typically provided by contract of four different levels of service A, B, C, and D as faaao observers, NWS observers, and, at some described below. 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. You’d provide your position information to the weather station person, calling out “radio, N is 10 miles out Therefore, one can measure as many times as needed during a six-hour period, provided the totals for all snowfall during the period are given.

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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. The highest category, referred to as Service Level A, includes major aviation hubs and high traffic volume airports with average or worse weather. 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 a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back to us” Frank Roylance wrote: Where to find US airport weather Service Levels? The totals at IAD which indicate that they added 20 inches of snow depth for 20 inches of snowfall seem much more consistent than the NWS Sterling that reported 32 inches of snowfall but only an increase of snow depth of 21 inches.


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Those rules say the observer must allow snow to fall on an official ‘snow board’ for six hours, then wipe it clear and repeat the procedure every six hours until the snow ends. In a February 7 article “A likely record, but experts will get back 7900.5 us” Frank Roylance wrote:.

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They had 1 inch of snow on the ground before the storm, a net gain of 20 inches. The second category, known as Service Level C, consists of all the elements of Service Level D, in addition to a human observer, who adds information to 79000.5 automated observation. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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Sign up using Email and Password. Last “published” report was For background, the FAA has determined Service Standards to categorize the levels of detail in weather observation sites. This service is provided by air traffic controllers under the Limited Aviation f. These are replaced with automated stations, and where there used to be control zones, Class E now extends to the surface in a keyhole shape protecting approach zones. The relevant paragraph states:. The relevant paragraph states: If you wish to see it, please email wxobservers yahoo.

Post as a guest Name. These procedures were followed at BWI. Specific observational elements locations, FSS observers.

The Service Level C in order to enhance air traffic control term “Service Standards” refers to the level of detail efficiency and increase system capacity. The weather observers use panels of wood or plastic called snow boards on which snow accumulates to do their measurements.

IAD had 20 inches of snowfall and had a snow depth of 21 inches of snow on the ground after the faap. In fact, the FAA manual Bob Showalter 21 1. Service Level D defines the minimum Service Level C, plus augmentation of additional data acceptable level of service.


It is therefore inaccurate to claim that in every instance the NWS policy states that snow must be measured only every six hours. Moreover, the FAA requires observers to keep track of the snow increasing every hour and requires hourly measurements.

Service Level A covers major aviation observation. These workers know well the correct procedures to follow regarding snow measurement and followed fxao during the time period in question.


There used to be some correlation between airports with a control zone cz and towered airports having “manned” weather reporting. The manned stations with control zones also provided “airport advisory service” monitoring traffic on Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. 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.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. Where can I find an airport’s level of service for weather services?

Services at in weather observation. It is 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 once every six hours because the NWS snow training guidance states that hourly snow measurements could erroneously increase the estimated snowfall, not decrease them.

Sign up using Facebook. During the dates of the storm over February 5 and 6, BWI 790.05 a snow depth of 24 inches. Our company employs the weather observers at BWI.

Given their geographic proximity, the snow they reported to have fallen at each location seem to coincide.