Post by haughtney1 on Mar 10, 2011 20:21:08 GMT 12
Great Pic Slackie, I remember seeing something similar when flying past morrinsville many years ago. Out of interest, do you guys have primary radar in the twr? and like the US does it show weather returns?
Better to be thought of as stupid, rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt
We have SKYLINE which is an amalgamation of primary and secondary radar, but all weather returns are filtered out... so apart from looking out the window and asking you guys we have no help with weather reporting. Having said that some big cells give primary returns, particularly when they are spitting and sparking. In the Intl Twrs we don't have a MetService display, but instead have wind direction and strength displayed on Vaisala dials. We do have access to cloud height information but that is only valid immediately above the station so only gives an indication as to what the cloud might be.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if the ATIS/METAR appear to be wildly different from what the actual is then the pilot is in the box seat and should let us know so that we can update our reports (somewhat like how the MetService update their "forecasts" after we submit a METAR!!).
Last Edit: Mar 11, 2011 16:58:52 GMT 12 by slackie
To long up-lines and (slightly) shorter down-lines!