What's New on the Web Site

2018 Jan 31 - release 2.3.8.10

TCF Page

Updated to handle new archive capabilities including access to the chat logs

New Radar Static Images

Added regional static radar plots for radar at low altitude, composite reflectivity, and echo tops. The regions are the same as are used for the US satellite images.

Sig Wx Enlarge Feature

Allows all images to be enlarged to full screen for better viewing.

Larger Surface Prog Charts

The surface prog charts are bigger (960x720) and weather contours go out to 6 days.

Sig Wx and Prog Charts now have timestamps

SigWx and Prog charts are now date/time stamped to avoid confusion from using non-timestamped files. At times, day old charts would display if new ones hadn't overwritten the old ones. This also fixes the duplicate valid time issue on the Prog charts. The display shows the latest chart for each valid time.

New Integrated AIREP/PIREP Layer

New integrated PIREP layer that shows ALL PIREPs, not just ones with icing and turbulence. This is a needed upgrade since many UUA type PIREPs are issued for weather not related to icing or turb. This also shows the mountain wave and LLWS PIREPs that before were dropped because they were decoded as turbulence PIREPs.

New WIFS Main Page

Updates WIFS User web pages with up to date vendor and support information. A new Users Guide (ver 5.0) is available. Update pending web server reconfiguration.

New PIREP Submit Location

The PIREP submit page has moved to /pirep/submit. This is functionally the same but has a new address. This was split out from /airep because the functionality was separate for the code used to display PIREPs. Bookmarks to /airep/submit will be redirected to /pirep/submit.

2017 Dec 21 - release 2.3.8.9

GOES 16 Support

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).

New Satellite Imagery

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 (≤ -60C) shades.

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.

New 4km Global Mosaics

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.

TAF Board Criteria Update

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.


2017 Dec 14 - release 2.3.8.8

ADDS Lite Decoders

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.

ADDS Lite Files

The back-end data processor (LDM) is now saving many of the ADDS Lite files in preparation for the transition to ADDS Lite.

ADDS Lite Styling

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.

ADDS Lite Turbulence and Icing Pages

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.


2017 Nov 15 - release 2.3.8.7

Removal of Legacy Pages

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.

Link Action New Page
/announcementsremoved/news
/cwsuremovedNone
/info/legacyremovedNone
/iffdpbanner/flightfolder
/noticeremovedNone
/notifyremovedNone
/obs/radarbanner/radar
/obs/sat/intlbanner/satellite/intl
/popups/airmetsbanner/sigmet/data
/popups/ccfpremoved/ccfp/archive
/popups/cwsuredirect/cwsmis/data
/popups/locationremovedNone
/popups/ncwfremoved/ncwf
/popups/pirepsredirect/airep/data
/popups/plumesremovedNone
/popups/radarremoved/radar/rcm
/popups/tafsmetarsremovedNone
/products/airmetsremoved/sigmet
/products/ccfpremoved/ccfp
/products/cipremoved/icing
/products/faredirect/areafcst
/products/gairmetbanner/gairmet/display
/products/gtgremoved/turbulence
/products/ncwfremoved/ncwf
/products/nwsredirect/windtemp
/products/sigmetsremoved/sigmet
/products/swh,swm,swlremoved/progchart
/qicpremovedNone, QICP was ended in 2013.
/static/faqremoved/info/faq
/static/inforemoved/help
/static/linksremoved/info/links
/stdbriefredirect/briefing
/tutorialsremovedNone

Fixes to PDD Links

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".

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the determination of the valid time on the /windtemp interactive display.
  • Fixed issues with the "Local Forecast" auto-completion code. This has been converted to use the same code as "weather.gov".

2017 Oct 10 - release 2.3.8.6

End of CONUS Area Forecasts (FA)

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.


2017 Jul 10 - release 2.3.8.5

Operational Status of Aviation Cloud and Surface Forecasts

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.

Update to SIGMET Help Page

The page now reflects the updated definitions and criteria for SIGMET issuance.

Addition of Privacy Statement to bottom of WIFS Registation Page

A privacy statement has been added per NWS policy for the collection of Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the Ceiling and Visibility CVA openlayers display for new filenames.
  • Fixed a bug with the user settings page where the setting wouldn't be applied on some browsers.

2017 May 10 - release 2.3.8.4

Updates to PIREP Submit Pages

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.

TCF Issuance Time

An issuance time label has been added to the lower right on the TCF page "/tcf".

Updated PIREP Decoder for Magnetic North

Changed decoder to use established correction for magnetic north at each VOR rather than using current magnetic variation.

New Features

  • Updated user administration interface to allow for easier selection of users.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the user settings page to work around a cookie permission issue.
  • Updated DAP links to properly reference aviationweather.gov.
  • Fixed bug in radar mosaic region selector.
  • Fixed issue with possible malformed GeoJSON from CWAs.

2017 Mar 23 - release 2.3.8.3

New GFA Static Image Page

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.

Added Time Buttons to TAF Board

The TAF Board now has selectable arrows in the time header to advance and

Added DAP Links to Website

Added links to website layout for DAP (Google Analytics) to help monitor website usage.

New Features

  • Updated text on METAR symbols page "/metar/symbol" to match NWS documentation for each weather type.
  • Updated ECFP page so it doesn't refresh the whole page when time is changed.
  • Updated text on the top of the standard briefing page.
  • Updates for user administration page.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed a few small bugs in awc_openlayers.js library.
  • Fixed a bug for NWS Hazards JSON output.