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The Evolution of NWS Aviation Weather Services in Chicago Mike Bardou National Weather Service Chicago The views expressed in this presentation are those.

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1 The Evolution of NWS Aviation Weather Services in Chicago Mike Bardou National Weather Service Chicago The views expressed in this presentation are those of the author and not necessarily those of the National Weather Service

2 Goals – Improve collaboration among the NWS, FAA, Commercial Airlines, and Airport Operators – Disseminate more frequent weather information – Increase service to aviation interests – Improve service delivery infrastructure – Develop improved tools for the forecaster These are the keys to managing the impact of weather on the Chicago airspace and reducing weather related flight delays. These are the keys to managing the impact of weather on the Chicago airspace and reducing weather related flight delays.

3 First Steps Meet with Air Traffic Management Officials to: Meet with Air Traffic Management Officials to: determine specific conditions which affect airport operations determine specific conditions which affect airport operations determine if the proper information is available determine if the proper information is available discuss modes and frequency of information receipt discuss modes and frequency of information receipt

4 First Steps Leverage other Aviation Improvement Efforts Leverage other Aviation Improvement Efforts demonstration project for the NYC area demonstration project for the NYC area trip to meet with NYC NWS trip to meet with NYC NWS Aviation Weather Workshop Aviation Weather Workshop discuss specific service enhancements with the user community discuss specific service enhancements with the user community raise awareness of the initiative raise awareness of the initiative

5 Initial Efforts 2-hr TAF updates on weekdays 2-hr TAF updates on weekdays Improved aviation AFD format Improved aviation AFD format Increased collaboration between WFO and CWSU Increased collaboration between WFO and CWSU Hourly updates to wind and POP/Wx grids Hourly updates to wind and POP/Wx grids Listen in on FAA/Airline strategic planning telcons Listen in on FAA/Airline strategic planning telcons

6 Developed as a one-stop source for Chicago Airspace Wx information Developed as a one-stop source for Chicago Airspace Wx information Development of wind and TS Tactical Decision Aids (TDA) Development of wind and TS Tactical Decision Aids (TDA)

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9 Resources Addition of 3 forecasters Addition of 3 forecasters cross trained as WFO and CWSU forecasters cross trained as WFO and CWSU forecasters allow a dedicated Aviation Desk 24 hrs a day/5 days a week allow a dedicated Aviation Desk 24 hrs a day/5 days a week Addition of Aviation Services Improvement Meteorologist Addition of Aviation Services Improvement Meteorologist allows for more interaction with customers and expansion of new services allows for more interaction with customers and expansion of new services

10 Evolution Development of WFO/CWSU Aviation Team Development of WFO/CWSU Aviation Team integrate Science and Service aspects integrate Science and Service aspects build relationships and communication with customers build relationships and communication with customers assess initial service enhancements assess initial service enhancements develop/implement new service improvements develop/implement new service improvements analyze significant aviation weather events to better understand impacts and build forecaster knowledge base analyze significant aviation weather events to better understand impacts and build forecaster knowledge base Develop training for the user community Develop training for the user community

11 Evolution – TS TDA

12 Developed based on user feedback regarding winter operations and event reviews Developed based on user feedback regarding winter operations and event reviews Produced in GFE Produced in GFE Evolution – OHare Winter Precipitation Outlook Scott Shelerud

13 Evolution Improved Airspace-specific Support Improved Airspace-specific Support ARTCC ARTCC TRACON TRACON ORD/MDW Towers ORD/MDW Towers Enhanced ZAU Web page Enhanced ZAU Web page

14 Evolution - NextGen Next Generation Air Traffic System Next Generation Air Traffic System 4-D Cube of data 4-D Cube of data Additional gridded weather forecast elements Additional gridded weather forecast elements Ceilings Ceilings Visibility Visibility Guidance for areas beyond TAF sites Guidance for areas beyond TAF sites

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