January 6, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is asking members to weigh in on the impact of a National Weather Service (NWS) decision to shut down two weather reporting stations in south-central Alaska.
NWS has discontinued weather observations from the Big River Lakes (PALV) and Hayes River (PAHZ) stations. The two contract weather stations provided observations for the east side of Lake Clark, Merrill, and Rainy Passes.
AOPA is soliciting members’ feedback about the decision. Please let the association know how and how often you made use of observations from the weather stations, and what impact the closures may have on your flight operations. Specific examples of how a flight was affected because of the closure are most helpful.
Please send your comments to AOPA and the National Weather Service.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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