the MIDDS. In a "static" brief, the products are saved
and are not updated when new ones are ingested into the
MIDDS. A static brief is essentially a snap shot of
weather data at a specific point in time. This
information can be quite useful during major weather
events. The idea is to preserve your data for future
reference. MIDDS can also display a brief over a LAN
through a web browser with Hypertext Markup
Language (HTML). You may create multiple briefs
tailored for many users.
In addition, the MIDDS weather brief program will
enable aviation weather forecasters to provide
computerized flight weather briefing forms (DD Form
175-l) while remaining in accordance with
NAVMETOCCOMINST 3140.14, Procedures
Governing Flight Weather Briefings and Preparing DD
Form 175-1 and U.S. Navy Flight Forecast Folder.
This program contains the entire DD Form 175-1 and is
subdivided into its respective parts (I through IV). The
program is designed to automatically ingest TAF and
observation data from the AWN and place it on the form
(fig. 1-10). All DD-175-1 briefs may be archived to a
floppy diskette or another hard drive.
Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS)
A communications link between MLDDS and the
Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) may be
established. The software for this application is divided
into two main sections, ASOS Data Server and ASOS
Data Manager. The ASOS Data Server is a software
program providing ingest and dissemination of 1-
minute surface observation data from the ASOS. The
other software program is the ASOS Data Manager.
This application provides a display of both current and
historical ASOS data in an easy-to-use method. The
main display consists of a menu bar, two graphs, panes
for the latest reported observation, wind speed and
direction dials, and a "current status" banner (fig l-l 1).
The two graphical displays are "strip charts," which can
provide visual analysis of weather phenomena trends,
such as temperature and wind speed. As an additional
feature, alarms can be set to go off when station
Figure 1-10.Flight weather briefing form (DD Form 175-l) constructed using MIDDS.