Naval Aviation Forecast Component Meridian (NAFC) provides routine aviation weather products and services on a 24-hour basis for all commands on board NAS Meridian, including TW-1 and aircrews of transient aircraft. Additionally, tailored climatological and training briefs can be provided upon request.
Services include, but are not limited to, surface weather observations, short range and extended weather forecasts, flight weather briefings, Doppler radar interpretation, recorded phone weather forecasts and recommendations for hazardous weather warning conditions. Additionally, NAFC Meridian is responsible for activating the Civil Defense warning sirens, which are positioned at several locations on board NAS Meridian, and are activated when tornadic activity is present.
Located in the NAS Operations building, NAFC is fielded with state-of-the-art weather equipment, including the new "METOC Integrated Data Display System" (MIDDS), a "Next Generation Radar" (NEXRAD) Open Principal User Processor (OPUP) and the "Automated Surface Observing System" (ASOS). The MIDDS features a fiber-optic LAN with an Intranet Web Page for dissemination of various weather products. The NEXRAD OPUP is directly linked to the WSR-88D Doppler radar located in Jackson, Miss. The ASOS provides precise, automated weather observations for McCain and Joe Williams Fields. Inside the weather office also is located a direct link to the nation-wide Lightning Position and Tracking System (NPATS). The gear allows “real time” observation of lightning strikes via GPS satellites and provides important information that affects aviation planning, weather warnings and refueling of equipment.
NAFC Meridian falls under the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) "Sub-Regional Forecast" (SRF) Program, where Naval Training Meteorology and Oceanography Center (NLMOC), Norfolk, Virginia, is the SRF Center (SRFC) for NAS Meridian and provides local forecasts and warnings.