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Severe Weather Across the Northern Tier of the Country; Heat Builds Across the Center of the Nation

A frontal boundary will focus the threat for showers and thunderstorms, some severe, across the northern tier of the country through Tuesday. Meanwhile, dangerous heat will expand across the center of the nation through at least the middle of the week. Elevated to critical fire weather conditions will persist across the Great Basin, portions of the Plains and interior Alaska. Read More >

“Jax” Center Weather Services Unit (ZJX CWSU)

Jax Center Weather is located at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Hilliard FL.  The CWSU is staffed by four National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists.  The CWSU provides up to the minute weather information and briefings to the ZJX Traffic Management Unit (TMU) and operations supervisors. Special emphasis is given to weather conditions that would be hazardous to aviation or would impede the flow of air traffic in the National Airspace System (NAS). CWSU meteorologists also issue two unscheduled products: 1) The Center Weather Advisory (CWA) is an aviation weather warning for thunderstorms, icing, turbulence, and low IFR ceilings and visibilities.  And 2) The Meteorological Impact Statement (MIS) is a 2-12  hour forecast for weather conditions which are expected to impact ARTCC operations.

“Jax” Center (ZJX ARTCC):

Jax center (one of 20 centers in the continental United States) is responsible for approximately 160,000 square miles of airspace — airspace that covers parts of five states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina. Center-wide average daily traffic count is approximately 8600 operations, with peak traffic being over 9770 operations in one day. Fifty percent of traffic is air carrier, thirty percent general aviation, and twenty percent is military. Jax center is the fourth-busiest in the United States.