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Wildfire Danger Continues in Southern California

High pressure building into the Western U.S. will create strong offshore winds in southern California. Temperatures in this region are unseasonably hot, and conditions are dry. The combination of these strong winds and dry conditions will bring fire danger to portions of southern California. Red Flag Warnings are in effect here. Any new fires in this region could quickly grow out of control. Read More >

 

About ZHU

 

Houston ARTCC   

 

The Houston (ZHU) Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) is located at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air en-Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Houston, Texas. Four National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists staff the office. Our hours of operation are from 5:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. daily.

The ZHU ARTCC is one of 21 ARTCC's over contiguous United States and encompasses an area approximately 276,866 square nautical miles extending from the Texas Big Bend area eastward to the Alabama/Florida state line including a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico north of 24 degrees North latitude. Within the Houston Center area, there are 22 FAA control towers, 16 approach control facilities, 3 flight service stations, 87 major airports and 15 military fields. This center handles approximately 2 million aircraft operations a year or about 6000 per day.

Our main responsibility is to provide up to the minute weather information to FAA Supervisors and the ZHU Traffic Management Unit (TMU). The CWSU meteorologists issue two products, the Center Weather Advisory (CWA), which is an aviation weather warning for thunderstorms, severe icing or turbulence, and low IFR ceilings and visibility. The Meteorological Impact Statement (MIS) is a 2-12 hour forecast for weather conditions, which are expected to impact ARTCC operations.

 

Meteorologist in Charge

 

Roland Nunez - BS Meteorology Texas A & M University

 

Staff Meteorologists

 

Eric Zappe - BS Meteorology Texas A & M University

 

Leslie Heindel - BS Meteorology University of North Dakota

 

Andrew McNeel - BS Meteorology Texas A & M University