Welcoming Weather to Flightradar24
We’re excited to announce that multiple weather layers are now available in Flightradar24! We’ve added layers for clouds, precipitation, lightning, volcanic eruptions, Airmets/Sigmets, and high level significant weather forecasts. The current weather at over 3000 airports remains available as well.
All of the weather layers are now available on the Weather tab in Settings on Flightradar24.com. Weather layers will be coming to our mobile apps in the next major release, which we’re working very hard to finalize soon.
If you’re looking for detailed weather conditions for a particular airport, METARs are available in our Airport Data pages.
Basic weather includes iconographic representations of the current weather at 3000 airports around the world and is available to users with a Silver subscription and above. Basic weather includes the local temperature and clouds or precipitation, if any.
Available to users with a Gold or Business subscription, the clouds layer displays global cloud cover and refreshes with updated information every 60 minutes.
The precipitation layer shows areas and intensity of precipitation worldwide. Precipitation data is refreshed every 30 minutes. The Precipitation layer is also available to users with a Gold or Business subscription.
Precipitation is an excellent way to visualize flight path deviations, like this Aerolineas Argentinas A340 avoiding storms south of Panama.
The lightning layer, available to subscribers with a Business account, displays recorded lightning strikes from around the world and is updated every 15 minutes.
AIRMETs and SIGMETs, available to users with a Business subscription, provide information about current and forecasted weather phenomena for a bounded area. Such phenomena as turbulence, convective activity and thunderstorms, and icing are included. On our map, clicking on an AIRMET or SIGMET will provide the full text of each, including the type of hazard, the area covered by the notice, and the time for which the notice is valid. AIRMETS and SIGMETS are refreshed every 30 minutes.
High Level Significant Weather
High level significant weather charts, also available to users with a Business subscription, offer 24 hour forecasts for significant weather phenomena at six-hour intervals for flight levels FL250 to FL630 (25,000-63,000 feet). Especially of interest in these charts is the position and speed of the jet stream, which influences which oceanic tracks are used. High Level Significant Weather charts also include information on thunderstorms and cumulonimbus clouds, moderate or severe turbulence, tropopause heights, and volcanic eruptions.
Different forecast periods may be viewed by adjusting the slider in settings.
Volcanic activity charts, available to all users, displays areas of volcanic activity and any resulting ash cloud that may impact aviation.
If you’re interested in weather charts in Flightradar24, but you don’t have a Business subscription, find out how you can contribute ADS-B data and get a free Business subscription.