METEOROLOGY FLIGHT PLANNING
The Area Forecast (FA) is a teletype presentation that provides an overview of weather conditions
that could impact flight operations within the United States and adjacent waters. These forecasts
serve primarily for use in preflight planning the en route portion of flights by general aviation
pilots, civil and military operations, and the NWS and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
pilot briefers (Figure 3-3).
FAUS5 KMIA 131745
MIAC FA 131745
SYNOPSIS AND VFR CLDS/WX
SYNOPSIS VALID UNTIL 141200
CLDS/WX VALID UNTIL 140600 ... OTLK VALID 140600-141200
NC SC GL FL AND CSTL WTRS
SEE AIRMET SIERRA FOR IFR CONDS AND MTN OBSCN.
TS IMPLY SEV OR GTR TURB SEV ICE LLWS AND IFR CONDS.
NON MSL HGTS DENOTED BY AGL OR CIG.
SYNOPSIS ... CDFNT XTNDS E/W FM NE GLF ACRS FL ALG A MLB PIE LN AND INTO ATLC WILL
DURG PD. LRG HI PRES CNTR OVR UPR MI WILL MOV SEWD LE BY 12Z.
NRN PTN ... SCT 050 SCT 100 23Z CLR OCNL SCT045 MTNS. OTLK ... VFR.
SC SCT-BKN 045-050 TOPS FL150. ISOLD -SHRA. AFT 01Z ERN PTNS BCMG CLR.
WRN PTNS BCMG SCT045. OTLK ... VFR.
NRN PTN ... AGL SCT-BKN 030-040 BKN 100. ISOLD -SHRA. CU TOPS FL150. AFT 01Z SCT045 SCT100.
OTLK ... VFR.
SRN PTN ... CIG BKN020-025 CU TOPS FL150. WDLY SCT TSRA/SHRA. TS TOPS FL350. AFT 01Z SCT-
OTLK ... VFR.
CIG BKN010 SCT TSRA. AFT 01Z SCT020-030 SCT-BKN100 ISOLD TSRA AND SHRA CU TOPS FL150. TS
FL450. OTLK ... VFR.
NC/SC WTRS SCT045-050 BCMG CLR. OTLK ... VFR.
GA WTRS CIG BKN020. ISOLD TSRA/SHRA. TS TOPS FL350. OTLK ... VFR.
FL WTRS CIG BKN010 SCT TSRA. TS TOPS FL450. OTLK ... VFR.
Figure 3-3 Area Forecast Example
SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES, MILITARY ADVISORIES, AND PIREPS