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DTC has forecast animations DTC has forecast animations

DTCDTC Duat has added a new series of forecast animations to its list of continental United States (CONUS) weather products. These products cover a nine-hour period and use colors and shading to indicate various levels of anticipated conditions.

The products include satellite graphics of forecast cloud cover, Nexrad precipitation levels, thunderstorm echo tops, surface visibility, icing, and upper level (from 18,000 to 39,000 feet msl) turbulence.

dtcWhile other providers have offered similar products, DTC is unique in some of its depictions. For example, the forecast satellite visibility values are defined by shades of gray, ranging from “darker” (lower visibility) to “lighter” (higher visibility). Echo tops appear in a range from 1,000 feet to 60,000 feet. Areas of forecast icing are tagged with a scale that runs from negligible to light, light-moderate, moderate-severe, and severe.

DTC has also added graphic weather products for Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

To access the new animations, log on to DTC, click on the tabs for “weather graphics,” and then “forecast animations.” The animations can be stopped, then printed for later use in the cockpit.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.

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