All the satellite imagery on the website is new, now using the ADDS Lite imagery rather than the old ADDS imagery. This was done because the old ADDS code won't support the new GOES 16 imagery. Most of the static imagery is now generated from a hi-res CONUS composite image rather than the old GINI files (most of which are going away on Jan 2).
There is now a NWS color enhancement for the IR satellite imagery on the
website. This uses yellow (-20 to -40C), blue (-40 to -60C) and red (≤
There are also new Visible and Water Vapor images for the international sectors. The vis/fog images are now new and cleaned up. Rather than having large cloud cover symbols, a single dot representing the flight category at the airport is displayed.
The raw imagery going into the interactive maps are based on 4km global mosaics rather than the old 10km mosaics. This will improve the resolution on the satellite imagery. The tilecache back-end has now been moved to /cgi-bin/tilecache/tc.php.
The TAF board has some criteria changes for LGA. Also weather such as FU, BLDU, BLSN, VCFG, BCFG will be noted as "slight" impact on weather.
The old ADDS decoders have been replaced with a new set of decoders set up for the ADDS Lite framework. There are a lot of bug fixes and upgrades across all the decoders.
The back-end data processor (LDM) is now saving many of the ADDS Lite files in preparation for the transition to ADDS Lite.
This is needed to push out ADDS Lite web code in the future. The most noticeable difference is that all the buttons now have the shaded and rounded edges that we employed with GFA. This fixes a bug on iPads and iPhones where the INFO buttons were not selectable.
The ADDS Lite turbulence (/turbulence) and icing (/icing) pages are now using ADDS Lite web code. The images seen on the page now use the ADDS Lite image files rather than the old ADDS images. The filenames are different than the old ADDS files. Plus, there is a new icing severity and SLD combined image. This is the first of the effort to merge the code bases and move towards ADDS Lite.
Many of the old legacy pages slated for removal last year didn't. This is the second effort to remove the unsupported pages. The "/adds" pages were removed or turned into redirects last year. Here is the list of pages affected this year. If the action is redirect, the page is automatically redirected to the new page. If the action is banner, the link exists but a banner says the page will turn into a redirect by the end of the year. If the action is removed, the page no longer exists.
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The PDD links on the pages used the "http" prefix. This is no longer available on the products.weather.gov website. You must use "https" to access the links. As a result, all the links on this website to the PDD pages have been updated to use "https".
The web pages under "/areafcst" have been updated to not show links to the CONUS area forecasts. Since these products are no longer being generated, the links won't show anything. The links for Alaska, Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean are still there since these products are still being generated. To get equivalent forecast information, go to the GFA Tool /gfa under the Tools menu.
The web pages under "/gfa/plot" have been updated to show the page is now operations (experimental text removed). There are also updates to the help pages to reflect the operational status.
The page now reflects the updated definitions and criteria for SIGMET issuance.
A privacy statement has been added per NWS policy for the collection of Personal Identifiable Information (PII).
Based on a set of AOPA recommendation, the PIREP Submit pages /airep/submit have been updated with a new interface to input the location. This makes the location entry more intuitive. Additional, quality control has been added to the full form. A new security setup and logging has been implemented to track user submissions and prevent the submission of inaccurate PIREPs.
An issuance time label has been added to the lower right on the TCF page "/tcf".
Changed decoder to use established correction for magnetic north at each VOR rather than using current magnetic variation.
Finished interface to GFA static images "/gfa/plot" on the website. The images are now named the Aviation Cloud (ACF) and Surface Forecasts (ASF). Added help page for static imagery.
The TAF Board now has selectable arrows in the time header to advance and
Added links to website layout for DAP (Google Analytics) to help monitor website usage.