MOS Text Guidance

KDCA   GFS LAMP GUIDANCE  11/04/2019  1230 UTC                                  
UTC  13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13  
TMP  43 46 50 53 56 57 59 59 59 57 55 54 53 53 53 52 52 51 51 51 51 51 51 51 52  
DPT  37 37 37 36 36 36 36 36 36 37 37 38 39 39 39 39 39 40 40 40 40 41 41 42 43  
WDR  08 12 15 16 16 16 17 17 17 17 16 17 17 18 18 18 19 19 19 19 20 20 21 19 19  
WSP  04 06 07 08 09 11 11 10 09 09 08 07 06 06 05 05 05 04 04 04 04 04 04 04 04  
WGS  NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG NG  
PPO   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  
PCO   N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  
P06                  2                 0                 0                 8     
LP1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  
LC1   N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  
CP1   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  1  1  2  2  2  3  
CC1   N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  
POZ   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  
POS   5  6  7  6  6  8  6  4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  
TYP   R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  R  
CLD  FW SC SC SC SC SC SC SC SC SC SC SC BK BK BK OV OV BK OV BK BK OV OV OV OV  
CIG   8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  8  
CCG   7  7  6  6  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  6  6  6  6  6  7  
VIS   7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  
CVS   7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  7  
OBV   N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  N  
                                                                                 


How To Read MOS Table:

Courtesy of the National Weather Service

  • DT = The day of the month, denoted by the standard three or four letter abbreviation
  • HR = Hour of the day in UTC time. This is the hour at which the forecast is valid, or if the forecast is valid for a period, the end of the forecast period.
  • N/X = nighttime minimum/daytime maximum surface temperatures.
  • TMP = surface temperature valid at that hour.
  • DPT = surface dewpoint valid at that hour.
  • CLD = forecast categories of total sky cover valid at that hour.
  • WDR = forecasts of the 10-meter wind direction at the hour, given in tens of degrees.
  • WSP = forecasts of the 10-meter wind speed at the hour, given in knots.
  • P06 = probability of precipitation (PoP) during a 6-h period ending at that time.
  • P12 = PoP during a 12-h period ending at that time.
  • Q06 = quantitative precipitation forecast (QPF) category for liquid equivalent precipitation amount during a 6-h period ending at that time.
  • Q12 = QPF category for liquid equivalent precipitation amount during a 12-h period ending at the indicated time.
  • SNW = snowfall categorical forecasts during a 24-h period ending at the indicated time.
  • T06 = probability of thunderstorms/conditional probability of severe thunderstorms during the 6-hr period ending at the indicated time.
  • T12 = probability of thunderstorms/conditional probability of severe thunderstorms during the 12-hr period ending at the indicated time.
  • POZ = conditional probability of freezing pcp occurring at the hour.
  • POS = conditional probability of snow occurring at the hour.
  • TYP = conditional precipitation type at the hour.
  • CIG = ceiling height categorical forecasts at the hour.
  • VIS = visibility categorical forecasts at the hour.
  • OBV = obstruction to vision categorical forecasts at the hour.

Definitions of Categorical Elements

MAV Ceiling Height Categories
1 < 200 feet
2 200 - 400 feet
3 500 - 900 feet
4 1000 - 1900 feet
5 2000 - 3000 feet
6 3100 - 6500 feet
7 6600 - 12,000 feet
8 > 12,000 feet or unlimited ceiling


MAV Visibility (VIS) Categories
1 < 1/2 miles
2 1/2 - < 1 miles
3 1 - < 2 miles
4 2 - < 3 miles
5 3 - 5 miles
6 6 miles
7 > 6 miles


MAV QPF Categories
0 no precipitation
1 0.01 to 0.09 inches
2 0.10 to 0.24 inches
3 0.25 to 0.49 inches
4 0.50 to 0.99 inches
5 1.00 to 1.99 inches
6 2.00 inches or greater
MAV Cloud (CLD) Categories
CL clear
FW few > 0 to 2 octas
SC scattered > 2 to 4 octas
BK broken > 4 to < 8 octas
OV overcast


MAV Obstruction to Vision (OBV) Categories
N none of the following
HZ haze, smoke, dust
BR mist (fog with visibility >= 5/8 mile)
FG fog or ground fog (visibility < 5/8 mile)
BL blowing dust, sand, snow


MAV Snow Fall Amount Categories
0 no snow or a trace expected
1 > a trace to < 2 inches
2 2 to < 4 inches
4 4 to < 6 inches
6 6 to < 8 inches
8 >= 8 inches


MAV Precipitation Type (TYP) Categories
S pure snow or snow grains
Z freezing rain/drizzle, ice pellets, or
anything mixed with freezing precip
R pure rain/drizzle or rain mixed with snow