Accession Number : AD0757489

Title :   On the Operational Value of Terminal Weather Forecasts.

Descriptive Note : Air Force surveys in Geophysics,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LABS L G HANSCOM FIELD MASS

Personal Author(s) : Touart,C. N.

Report Date : 12 DEC 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : Real forecast verifications are used to test a Wx-85 conclusion based on synthetic data: namely, that where the climatic frequency of closed terminal weather is as low as found typically in the CONUS, then the present level of forecasting skill for periods of 3 hours or more is of negative value to aircraft operations. The new results confirm the previous conclusion for longer periods but suggest that it is unduly pessimistic with respect to the 3-hour forecast. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WEATHER FORECASTING, AIR FORCE), CLIMATE, CEILING, VISIBILITY, VALUE ENGINEERING

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE