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  • Weather flight keeps 'em flying

    There may be rain today and heat tomorrow, or snow today and dusty winds tomorrow. These are some of the conditions the nine-member Air Force weather flight must contend with at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Everyone needs to know what the weather is going to do, from the A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots who wonder if they will have enough visibility to
  • System allows weather-based mission planning

    Military mission planners cannot control the weather, but with the Joint Weather Impacts System, they can predict it more accurately and further in advance. Combat Air Forces Command and Control System Program Office experts here are working on the JWIS, which "gives planners the opportunity to anticipate and exploit [the weather] rather than just
  • AFWA sends some care from home

    Living thousands of miles away from family and friends at the holidays may seem unbearable, but for the men and women of the Air Force Weather deployed overseas, the holidays are a little brighter. Every year, the people at HQ Air Force Weather Agency here put together holiday care packages for the deployed weather people during a program dubbed
  • New Cloud Depiction System Goes Online

    The Air Force Weather Agency launched its new global cloud analysis and forecasting capability with the operational implementation of the Cloud Depiction and Forecasting System II June 24. CDFSII processes data from a variety of satellites on an hourly schedule to produce high-resolution cloud products. These cloud products are used in direct
  • Combat weather teams key in mission planning

    When reporters describe the successes of the air war on terrorism, they frequently speak of special operations forces using global positioning system receivers and radios to direct laser-guided bombs to their targets. These stories are accurate and make for good video, but they only touch the surface of what makes these missions successful.
  • Combat weather: More than just forecasting highs

    Monday, hot, 109. Tuesday, hot, 110. The rest of the week, extremely hot. Some people may think a deployment to a desert in Southwest Asia would be a weather forecaster's dream -- same forecast, different day. However, the 363rd Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron combat weather team does more than predict the hot versus really hot desert
  • Mildenhall weather flight clears skies

    Rain, rain and more rain. Some people may think it is a snap to predict the weather in England, but that is not the case. "It's a real challenge to predict past 48 hours here," said Capt. Brian Pukall, 100th Operations Support Squadron weather flight commander. "There's just little information available from the time a weather system leaves the
  • Predicting desert weather is not always easy

    People may think there is not much to observing and forecasting the weather in a desert environment like in Southwest Asia. "Hot!" should cover all the bases. Not hardly, say the weather warriors assigned to the shop tucked away in a small corner of the command post building here. "Although it might not seem like it now, there are seasonal changes
  • AFW Professional Reading List hits streets

    The Director of Air Force Weather, Brig. Gen. David L. Johnson, presented the first AFW Professional Reading List June 19 at the Offutt AFB, Neb., base library. The reading list was developed much like the Air Force Chief of Staff's Professional Reading Program for Air Force members. The Chief's readings are designed to stimulate thinking and
  • Weather Broadcasts New Look

    American Forces Network viewers in the Pacific Region will see graphically enhanced forecasts on the network's "Weather Update" shows beginning June 12. Three-dimensional motion graphics and animated icons are some of the big changes for the new shows, aimed at bringing a "touch of home" to service members, government civilians and their families