ARFOR

Area forecasts are for a specific region. They are intended for domestic VFR flights below 10,000 feet, and are issued twice daily between 0530 and 0610, and between 1130 and 1210 local time. Cloud base and freezing level is forecast in feet above mean sea level and wind direction is in degrees true.

There are 17 ARFOR areas, and they are designated by a two letter code. A map of the ARFOR areas is also included on the MetFlight GA website, and in AIP New Zealand, Vol 1, GEN 3.5.

The ARFORs are the primary source for enroute weather conditions, particularly visibility and cloud. They also provide forecast winds at temperatures at altitude to help you choose cruising levels, and cloud base and tops to give you an indication of the Met conditions for VFR flight. They also set out any expectations of ice or turbulence, and the turbulence forecasts are rarely wrong. Interpret these with the local terrain in mind, considering its effect on the forecast weather.

In the Cues and Clues section we have provided some tips about the local weather in each ARFOR area.

Invercargill

Above mean sea level

TCu

Towering Cumulus

agl

above ground level

Cb

Cumulonimbus

Flight Information Service communications

ATS

Air Traffic Service

Royal New Zealand Air Force

in vicinity of aerodrome Thunderstorm

ATC

Air Traffic Control

VC

in vicinity of aerodrome

Probabilityxx%

TIL

Until

FM

From

Becoming

Temporarily

Routine air report from aircraft in flight

FIR

Flight Information Region

Internet Flight Information Service

VFR

Visual flight rules

Automatic Terminal Information Service

BWR

Basic weather report

New Zealand Flight Information Region

Aerodrome special routine meteorological report

Automatic aerodrome routine meteorological report

Aerodrome routine meteorological report

TAF

Aerodrome forecast

Area forecast

Significant meteorological information