Ask Joe – What is he purpose of visibility reports?


This question came from Kenneth who thought this observation, most often reported online, may not be useful much. He wasn’t far off from the truth. For the average person, 90% of the time, this statistic doesn’t mean much. It is reported to help pilots, of whom really depend on that information. There are a couple of exceptions. The visibility can also help us to determine where fog may be a hazard. It is also used to determine the intensity of snowfall.

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