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Aviation Weather Hazards

The safety, mobility, and economic impacts of weather on transportation are considerable. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) estimates that weather causes or contributes to 6,000 fatalities on U.S. highways and 800 aviation-accident-related deaths each year. According to the General Estimate System crash database, in 1995 there were approximately 435,000 injury crashes in the United States due to adverse weather.

More than half of all flight delays, and between 25 and 35 percent of all intercity road accidents, are attributable to bad weather. Despite the fact that North America spends more than $2 billion a year on snow and ice control, road accidents increase during adverse weather by a factor of from two to five.

Life-threatening and costly weather events are not limited to winter storms: The United States experiences more severe local storms and flooding than any other country in the world. In a typical year, the United States can expect about 10,000 violent thunderstorms; 5,000 floods; 1,000 tornadoes; and several hurricanes.

Advances in weather technologies and meteorology over the past decade hold promise for mitigating many of the impacts of severe weather on transportation.

For surface transportation, research, testing, and evaluation in this area have primarily addressed 1) winter maintenance, including road weather information systems (RWIS) for anti-icing and de-icing operations; 2) visibility; and 3) intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Within DOT's ITS program, a number of projects include weather information, five of which include such information as a core part of the system designs. These five projects are the Advanced Transportation Weather Information System, the Idaho Storm Warning System, TravelAid, a variable speed limit project in Nevada, and the Weather Information for Surface Transportation project, also known as Foretell. Of these, Foretell is the most comprehensive project with respect to adverse weather. It addresses the information needs of a range of surface transportation users and operators and works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A partnership among the FHWA, Iowa DOT, and the private sector, Foretell's objective is to demonstrate and evaluate an integrated weather information system—first within a "pilot" Midwestern region, then over multiple regions, and eventually throughout North America. The program's first phase will deploy a road and weather information system across five states in the Mississippi Valley region plus western Ontario: a total land area of almost 750,000 square miles. Fully integrated within a wider suite of ITS services, the system will make use of state-of-the art weather radars and observing systems, including RWIS; the Doppler Weather Surveillance Radar (the FAA's and DOD's NEXRAD); Automated Surface Observing System; Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System; the NWS's Weather Forecast Offices; and advanced communication systems and weather satellites.

To reduce weather hazards in aviation, the FAA, NOAA, and other agencies are working with industry through the Aviation Weather Analysis and Forecasting (AWAF) Program. This program has two main objectives: 1) improve access to and delivery of aviation weather information; and 2) reduce the consequences of weather events by generating weather observations, warnings, and forecasts with higher resolution and greater accuracy than existing aviation weather services. Specific products under development will provide the following capabilities: accurately depict current and forecasted areas of in-flight icing, including severity and type; couple high-resolution and timely gridded weather data with interactive data assimilation and editing; forecast snowfall type and rate; detect and forecast en route turbulence, particularly clear-air turbulence; predict storm growth, initiation, and decay; make short-term predictions of ceiling and visibility in the terminal area; provide hourly forecasts of windshear events; forecast terrain-induced hazards; and provide short-term forecasts of conditions that affect wake vortices.

This information came from an
US DOT online article.

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