About the LAMP Forecast
| Frequently Asked LAMP Forecast Questions:
What does LAMP stand for?
It's not just a bright idea. LAMP is the Localized Aviation MOS Program.
Designed to provide hour-by-hour forecast data for the next 25 hours, based on the GFS-MOS (used for the 3day 4cast) and current METAR readings. LAMP forecasts update every hour and are focused on weather details of interest to pilots and are designed to help write the TAF forecasts.
LAMP is a statistical system which provides hourly forecast guidance. The LAMP system consists of a series of programs to analyze hourly weather data, run numerical models, evaluate statistical forecast equations, and display the results. The forecasts are produced on an NCEP supercomputer combining information from the central GFS-MOS guidance, local model output, and the most recent hourly surface observations.
GFS-LAMP guidance updates each hour using the latest observations to creates forecasts for over 1500 stations in the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with a record of hourly data. LAMP provides hourly forecasts for 25 hours at locations currently receiving GFS-MOS guidance.
What data elements does LAMP report?
The official list and description of LAMP data is here. How they are implemented on Blastvalve is shown below:
How can I see the raw data ?
Where do I find a list of LAMP forecast locations?
The official list of LAMP forecast locations is here. If you find a location with LAMP forecasts that is not included on my menus, please email me and I'll add them when I have some free time.
When is the data effective? When is it for?
Most items are what the weather is expected to be AT the hour, not for the whole hour. For Precip Over 6 Hours & Thunder it is the percentage chance for the entire time frame shown by the box.
Where can I learn more?
A few articles you may want to read are Using LAMP Guidance in Flight Planning [PDF] and a Powerpoint Presentation called An Introduction to the Localized Aviation MOS Program (LAMP) [PPT]. There is a LAMP documentation page here with links to lots more reading.
What is the source of the weather data?
The source material is the National Weather Service's LAMP product. This NWS material incorporated is not subject to copyright protection. The translation and arrangement is copyright by Rick Jones. Additionally some weather graphics are provided by and copyrighted by Intellicast, including Radar and Wind Forecasts.
How do I report a problem?
If you encounter bugs in this website, please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details so I can try to work it out. If you don't like the weather, you'll need to contact a higher power.
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