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|An area forecast (FA) is a forecast of Visual Flight
Rules (VFR) clouds and weather conditions over an area as large as the
size of several states. It must be used in conjunction with the AIRMET Sierra (IFR) bulletin for
the same area in order to get a complete picture of the weather. The
area forecast together with the AIRMET Sierra bulletin are used to
determine forecast enroute weather and to interpolate conditions at
airports which do not have a terminal forecast (TAF) issued. FAs are
issued 3 times a day from Kansas City for each of 6 areas in the
contiguous 48 states (domestic)
as well as the Gulf of Mexico (FAGX) and Caribbean (FACA).
Map of Current FAGX:
Detailed maps of domestic FA regions and geographic areas are available in GIF (185K) or PDF (4.3M) formats.
In Alaska, FAs are issued by the Weather Service Forecast Office (WSFO) in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau for their respective areas (Alaska). The WSFO in Honolulu issues FAs for Hawaii (Hawaii).
The FA consists of a:
Amendments to the FA are issued as needed. An amended FA is identified by AMD, a corrected FA by COR, and a delayed FA is identified by RTD.