Help for Current WX
PURPOSE: The Current WX is used to view the current and recent weather for a given station.
When to Use the Current WX
To view consolidated weather data for the past 36 hours
The Current WX screen is used to view current weather data for a METAR station. In addition to the current data all available METAR history is plotted to show trends over the previous 36 hours.
To get a quick read on weather compared to minimums and maximums
This data is used before a flight to assess current conditions and weather trends along the route of flight. The METAR values are colored according to personal minimums and maximums. This brings important information to the pilots attention.
To help visualize conditions over time
Crosswind and Headwind components are displayed for up to three runways. This data is also color coded based on user selected limits.
How to Use the Current WX
Select the Airport
Touch the Station ID (Blue Button) at the top/left of the screen and the Airport Search screen will be presented
Enter a few characters from the Station ID or the Airport name or the Airport City
See the screenshot below for an example
Select the Airport by touching it
Review Historical METARs
Slide the slider at the bottom to scroll back and forth through available METAR data. The number of METARs available will vary by station and recording method.
Select a Favorite
Touch a Favorite Station in the list at the top right to show the complete Current WX for that station. The Favorite Stations are defined on the Options screen.
Touch the refresh button to get the current METAR data
- Selected Station ID, Airport Name and City: The airport identification
- Date & Time: Zulu time from the METAR and time for the local zone
- METAR values: These values are taken directly from the METAR or calculated based on the METAR data
- Colorized Personal Minimums: Visibility, Ceiling, Temp, Wind Speed and Gust will be colorized based on personal minimums defined on the Options page
- Aviation Flight Category
LIFR Ceiling < 500 Feet Visibility < 1 mile
IFR Ceiling 500 - 1,000 Feet Visibility 1 - 3 miles
MVFR Ceiling 1,000 - 3,000 Feet Visibility 3 - 5 miles
VFR Ceiling > 3,000 Feet Visibility > 5 miles
- Graphic Wind direction and speed
- Sky Condition and Present Weather: From the METAR
- Favorite Stations: These Stations are defined on the Options page. The colorized Aviation Flight Category and Wind Conditions are shown for each station. This is a nice way to get a feel for conditions in the region.
- Graphical presentation of historical data: The six boxes show historical METAR data for the Station. These graphics clearly show trends for weather data.
- Runway relative wind: Up to three runways will be shown with the wind arrow showing the selected METAR wind data. Headwind and Crosswind components are calculated. The suggested runway (with headwind) is shown in red and the tailwind runway is shown in blue. The red line indicates the point where a headwind becomes a tailwind.
- Raw METAR: The raw METAR is shown at the bottom. Since a METAR may be entered by hand not all data may be translated correctly above. This raw information can be reviewed to get the complete METAR information.