ALE’s meteorological department operates 7 days a week, preparing forecasts for ALE’s air operations, field parties, and visiting aircraft. Twice-daily forecasts and weather briefings are available to pilots and ground personnel stationed at Union Glacier.
Our forecasters are professional meteorologists with a wide range of experience forecasting for civil and air force aviation. They use a variety of professional instruments and tools to gather information about atmospheric conditions and to develop a precise forecast. These include information from ALE’s automatic weather stations at Union Glacier and other strategic locations; satellite images produced by a Sea Space Satellite receiver installed at Union Glacier; and products from the high resolution atmospheric model, Antarctic Mesoscale Prediction System (AMPS).