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Save the date! The 9th Southwest Aviation Weather Safety or SAWS Workshop will be held on September 17th and 18th in 2021 at the Mariott Uptown in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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Currently there is no Airport Weather Warning in effect for the Albuquerque International Sunport





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Infrared Visible Vis/Fog

Infrared - This image is taken in the infrared band of light and show relative warmth of objects. Colder objects are brighter and warmer objects are darker. Lower layers of clouds, generally warmer and lower in altitude, are colored gray. Colder and generally higher clouds tops are highlighted in colors. Infrared imagery is useful for determining cloud features both at day and night.

Visible - This image is taken in visible light, or how the human eye would see from the satellite. Sunrise and sunset can be tracked in this image.

Vis/Fog - In the images on the Vis/Fog page, low clouds show up bright and higher clouds show up as dark. The ground shows up as gray. In addition, flight categories for various airports are plotted over the imagery as a secondary verification (Green-VFR, Blue-MVFR, Red-IFR, Purple-LIFR).


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Forecast Vertical Wind Profile for Albuquerque

Albuquerque (KABQ) Forecast Vertical Wind Profile
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Albuquerque Balloon Launch Point Hourly Forecasts

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Balloon Launch MapRainbow Blvd. NE & Vista Rd. NW Marksburg Ave NE (between Dinadan Dr. NE & Edinburgh St. NE) Unser Blvd. & Westside Blvd. Montano & Coors North Valley

Latest Upper Air Sounding from Albuquerque (Weather Balloon Data issued twice daily)

Forecast Soundings for Albuquerque (Model Projections)

Albuquerque (KABX) Radar Velocity Azimuth Display Wind Profile (Observed)

Albuquerque Vertical Wind Profile (Forecast from Rapid Refresh Model)

Lowest 2000 ft Above Ground Level

Vertical Wind Profile (for lowest 2000 ft)
Forecasts Wind Profiles from Other High Resolution Models

Hourly Surface Forecasts for Select Soaring & Gliding Locations

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Soaring and Gliding Launch MapSurface Forecast for Taos (SKX) Surface Forecast for Santa Fe (SAF) Surface Forecast for Albuquerque (ABQ) Surface Forecast for Moriarty (0E0) Surface Forecast for Carrizozo (F37) Surface Forecast for Alamogordo (ALM)

Latest Winds Aloft Over Albuquerque (Weather Balloon Data issued twice daily)



Oakland (ZOA) Center Weather Service Unit Self Briefing Page

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Albuquerque (ZAB) Center Weather Service Unit

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Airport Weather Warning (for Albuquerque International Sunport)

Issued for winds greater than or equal to 35 kt; 1 inch snow accumulation; frequent lightning around the airport; freezing rain; or large hail (3/4" diameter or greater).


Wind Roses for Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) Sites

Diagram showing the relative frequency of wind direction and speed each airport


A Pilot's Guide to Aviation Weather Services

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