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Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security
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Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts
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2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options
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Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments
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This week's top posts from our blog

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

Business Aircraft Ops to Costa Rica: Fuel, Additional Services, and Security

When operating to Costa Rica, it's best to preplan aviation fuel uplifts, well in advance, particularly during high season (end of November till end of March). If you're planning to depart during peak operating hours, it's recommended to fuel on arrival or land with sufficient fuel to manage your...
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Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Benefits of Using Long-Range Aviation Weather Forecasts

Long-range aviation weather forecasts have become more and more accurate over the years. These forecasts are generally created three to five days ahead of day-of-flight operation. Specific weather modeling computer programs – when interpreted by experienced aviation weather professionals – provide business aircraft operators with valuable tools in the preliminary trip and permit planning process...
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2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

2015 Cannes Int'l Film Festival & Monaco Grand Prix – Part 1: GA Airports and Options

Be prepared for high General Aviation (GA) traffic when operating to the French Riviera this May. With the Cannes International Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix taking place simultaneously, operational challenges can be anticipated in terms of aircraft parking, hotel accommodations...
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Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

Security Threat Assessments for Business Aviation – Part 2: Categories of Assessments

There are various types of security assessments available for business aircraft operators. These range from basic country assessments to highly individualized local area assessments to assessments covering overflight, routings, and potential alternate airports. There are generally four categories...
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Africa/Middle East

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Botswana) There is a travel ban for all non-Botswana citizens traveling from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo due to the Ebola virus outbreak. Botswana citizens are urged to delay non-essential travel to Ebola-affected countries.
  • (ALL - Cameroon) Officials have closed all borders with Nigeria and suspended all passenger flights to/from Nigeria due to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak.
  • (ALL - Cape Verde) Officials are prohibiting entry of any foreign non-resident who has visited any country affected by the Ebola virus in the last 30 days.
  • (ALL - Guinea-Bissau) Officials have re-opened its land border with Guinea.
  • (ALL - Kenya) Officials have closed the Suam border crossing (Trans-Nzola County) with Uganda due to the Ebola outbreak.
  • (ALL - Mauritania) Officials have closed its border with neighboring Mali after an Ebola-related death in the town of Kayes, Mali.
  • (ALL - Mauritius) All travelers who have visited Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, and the Congo (DRC) in the last two months are banned from entry.
  • (ALL - Namibia) Foreigners traveling from countries affected by the Ebola virus are prohibited from entry.
  • (ALL - Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against all non-essential travel due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Efforts to contain the outbreak will likely result in critical commercial and transportation disruptions in all three countries.
  • (ALL - Rwanda) All travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 22 days prior to arrival in Rwanda are prohibited from entry.
  • (ALL - Saudi Arabia) All flights landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) with passengers from Jijiga, Ethiopia (HAJJ) will be subject to a fine.
  • (ALL - Senegal) The ban on air transport from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia has been lifted. Land borders with Guinea will remain closed. Authorities will continue to implement Ebola-screening measures at Leopold Sedar International Airport (DKR).
  • (ALL - Seychelles) Officials have removed restrictions on travelers from Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. Entry is still suspended for all travelers who have visited the Congo (DRC), Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the 28 days prior to travel.
  • (ALL - South Africa) A health questionnaire must be completed by every passenger/crew member for any international flight from all destinations, including countries neighboring South Africa. Officials have also imposed a travel ban barring entry to all non-South Africans returning from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. All South Africans returning from any of these countries would face strict health screenings upon arrival and are advised against non-essential travel to the affected states.
  • (ALL - South Sudan) Officials have placed a ban on all travelers from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, or the Congo (DRC) in the 21 days prior to travel. Entry of travelers from Nigeria is dependent on their health history and whether they visited Ebola virus-affected areas.
  • (ALL - Turkey) U.S. citizens are no longer allowed to obtain a visa upon arrival. New regulations require U.S. citizens to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival.
  • (HKJK) Nairobi will be closed daily between 2100-0300 on 1 April-1 April 2016.
  • (LLBG) Tel Aviv will be closed to GA traffic:
    • Between 0755-0900 on 22 April.
    • Between 1500-1955 on 17 April-23 October.
    • Between 1100-2030 on 22-23 September.
  • (LTFJ) Sabiha Gokcen, Istanbul will be closed:
    • Between 2100-0300 on 6-15 April.
    • Between 2200-0200 on 4 May-1 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Cameroon) UVair supplier Air Total has resumed fueling as normal at Yaounde (FKYS). Limited fuel availability continues at Garoua (FKKR); operators must advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance.
  • (DNMM) Lagos - MRS Oil Nigeria is unable to fuel through 4 April due to a shipment delay. So Aviation is serving as alternate supplier.
  • (FEFF) Bangui - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available until further notice.
  • (FOOG) Port Gentil - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (FTTC) Abeche - UVair supplier Air Total has no fuel available.
  • (HHAS) Asmara - UVair supplier Air Total has fueling restrictions in place; only VIP flights are allowed access with prior validation.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Nigeria
Africa's biggest oil producer stepped up security in its capital Abuja on Monday, deploying soldiers and putting up barricades before Saturday's election. A spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) said the government "needs to give citizens a sense of protection." Others say the deployment of soldiers is meant to intimidate Jonathan's opponents. Officials are concerned whether the military can keep the polls safe on polling day, March 28.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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Asia/Pacific/Australia

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Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Australia) Australia has imposed a temporary suspension on the processing of all visa applications from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea due to the EVD (Ebola Virus disease) outbreak. Australia is also canceling and refusing non-permanent or temporary visas held by anyone from the Ebola-affected countries who have yet to leave for Australia. Permanent visa holders from the affected countries are being required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period before departure to Australia. Visitors approved to travel to Australia will also face further screening and follow-up checks upon arrival. Australia has also temporarily suspended its humanitarian program in the affected countries.
  • (ALL - China) CAAC will be closed on 4-6 April. Submit any permit requests as soon as possible to avoid delays.
  • (ALL - China) Due to the spread of the Ebola virus, China will conduct medical exams of passengers who have been in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 21 days. The quarantine department should be informed in advance about any passenger visiting these countries in the past 21 days. Crew members should be replaced if they have been to these countries in the past 21 days.
  • (VARIOUS - Indonesia) Indonesia has changed the official ICAO of 14 locations, including:
    • (WARU) Yogyakarta has changed from WARU to WAHH.
    • (WAJW) Wamena has changed from WAJW to WAVV.
    • (WABP) Timika has changed from WABP to WAYY.
    • (WAMT) Ternate has changed from WAMT to WAEE.
    • (WALR) Tarakan has changed from WALR to WAQQ.
    • (WAML Palu has changed from WAML to WAFF.
    • (WAOP) Palangkaraya has changed from WAOP to WAGG.
    • (WASR) Manokwari has changed from WASR to WAUU.
    • (WICB) Budiarto has changed from WICB to WIRR.
    • (WIPT) Padang has changed from WIPT to WIEE.
    • (WIPL) Bengkulu has changed from WIPL to WIGG.
    • (WICT) Bandar Lampung has changed from WICT to WILL.
    • (WIPA) Jambi has changed from WIPA to WIJJ.
    • (WIPK) Pangkal has changed from WIPK to WIKK.
  • (ALL - Maldives) On-arrival visas will not be issued for travelers (including third-country nationals) from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Maldivians returning from Ebola-affected countries will be isolated for the 21-day incubation period of the disease. Commercial international airlines need to complete the declaration of health section for each flight.
  • (ALL - North Korea) Officials have banned foreign tourists over fears of Ebola. The ban applies to all entry ports and border crossings. All other visitors will reportedly be required to spend 21 days in government-supervised quarantine, regardless of their country of origin or point of departure.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS) ExxonMobil requires a minimum 72 hours prior notice for fueling or fuel cannot be guaranteed at:
    • (PGUM) Agana (Guam).
    • (PGSN) Saipan Island.
    • (PKMJ) Majuro (Marshall Islands).
  • (PKMJ) Majuro - UVair supplier ExxonMobil will be unable to provide ad hoc refueling during the monthly tanker replenishment period scheduled for 4-7 April.
  • (UTTT) Tashkent - UVair supplier Airport Authority requires a fuel release; must include a complete itinerary, advise volume requirements and confirm availability in advance due to recurring supply difficulties. For tech stop refueling, a minimum 24 hours advance notice is required.
  • (VTBD) Don Mueang International, Bangkok - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco provides international fuel while PTT offers domestic; both require a fuel release.
FAM global monitor security briefings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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Europe/Eastern Europe

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Denmark) Due to the Ebola virus outbreak, all arriving aircraft from foreign destinations must notify the local health service if persons on board are suffering from contagious diseases, or if there is any risk of other conditions that may lead to the spread of diseases.
  • (ALL - Greece) Due to the Ebola outbreak, all passengers and crew arriving from Africa must complete an incoming passenger card. If anyone onboard has traveled to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, or Nigeria, the center for disease control and prevention must be contacted for instructions.
  • (ALL - Italy) Due to the Ebola virus outbreak, all flights to/from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be required to complete a passenger locator card for all passengers/crew and retain the cards for at least 21 days. Cards shall be made available to the Ministry of Health.
  • (VARIOUS - Ukraine) Both Simferopol (UKFF) and Sevastopol (UKFB) airports are closed due to the political climate between Ukraine and the Russian Federation regarding Crimea.
  • (EGBB) Birmingham will be closed between 2305-0400 through 27 March.
  • (EGNH) Blackpool Airport has re-opened for small aircraft and helicopters.
  • (EGSY) Sheffield has closed permanently.
  • (EGWU) Northolt will be closed to all civilian traffic between 0001-2359 LT on 12-14 June.
  • (LFPB) Paris-Le Bourget will be closed between 2000-0400 on 30 March through 26 April.
  • (LIPZ) Venice will be closed between 2230-0250 on 9-28 April.
  • (LIRA) Rome will be closed between 2300-0500 through 28 March.
  • (LSGG) Geneva will be closed:
    • Between 2259-0459 through 28 March.
    • Between 2200-0359 on 29 March-25 October.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Greece) When fueling with UVair supplier Shell and MOH Aviation Fuels, exempt operators must present a copy of their valid Air Operator's Certificate (AOC, or national equivalent) to prove exemption from VAT and excise duties. A fuel release is required and UVair must provide operators' physical billing address (for AOC and non-AOC operators), and applicable VAT or tax identification number (VAT ID is required from all EU based operators, and for AOC uplifts only for all others; an AOC/ACC document number will not suffice in this case).
  • (VARIOUS - France) Operators must present an AOC (or other proof of exemption) to fuel with UVair supplier Air Total at Aix (LFMA), Laval (LFOV), and Le Mans (LFRM).
  • (LEAB) Albacete - UVair supplier Air BP provides Jet A-1 type fuel; they are unable to fuel aircraft requiring JP-8 and fueling within the military area.
  • (LIMC) Malpensa, Milan - ENI via Skytanking is primary fueler; Air Total is available, but commercial takes top priority so expect delays.
  • (LIRF) Fiumicino, Rome - UVair supplier Air Total suggests operators planning tech stop refueling or early morning departures between 0500-0600 daily, should tanker in or fuel the evening before departure.
  • (LIRP) Pisa - Supplier Q8 suggests operators keep a copy of their UVair fuel release onboard the aircraft to prevent delays in fueling.
  • (LSZH) Zurich - UVair supplier Air Total's into plane fueler at the GA ramp is Jet Aviation; at the commercial ramp it is IPS (Into Plane Service Pool). While Jet Aviation offers direct refueling at their ramp and accepts UVair card, fuel obtained there will be invoiced at handler's retail price, rather than UVair's GA or commercial rates through Air Total.
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  Italy
Italian magistrates have ordered the arrest of two Albanians and an Italian on suspicion of terrorism-related offenses and are searching several addresses in northern Italy, police said on Wednesday. The two Albanians, a man living in Albania and his nephew in the region around Turin, are suspected of recruiting people for terrorism, while the third man, a 20-year-old Italian of Moroccan origin, is suspected of encouraging terrorism over the Internet. Italy has stepped up surveillance of individuals suspected of supporting Islamist State militants in Syria and Iraq after learning that a number of Italians have traveled to the region to fight.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

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North America

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Canada) New travel visas will not be issued to residents or citizens of countries with widespread and persistent Ebola transmission. The government has also stopped the processing of permanent residency visas for people from the affected countries.
  • (ALL - United States) All travelers from countries affected by the Ebola outbreak (Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Mali) will now travel through one of five major U.S. airports: Washington, D.C.-Dulles (KIAD); Chicago-O'Hare (KORD); New York-JFK (KJFK); Newark-Liberty (KEWR); and Atlanta-Hartsfield-Jackson (KATL) to undergo an interview, temperature check, and additional protocols. All travelers returning from the affected countries will be monitored for 21 days.
  • (KHDI) Cleveland, TN - Hardwick Field has closed permanently.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Mexico) While UVair cardholders can simply present their card when fueling, operators with no UVair card in hand must pre-arrange fueling since ASA's main office is closed on weekends and holidays.
FAM global monitor security briefings

  Canada
Police have clashed with thousands of student demonstrators protesting against education cuts in the Canadian province of Quebec. Thousands of students took to the streets of Montreal, the largest city of Quebec, on Tuesday to protest against sweeping education cuts. College and university students gathered in Phillips Square where they began their march through downtown streets, media reports say. Security forces in riot gear fired rubber bullets, smoke grenades, and sound bombs to break up the march.

  Mexico
Five suspected members of the Los Zetas drug cartel were arrested in separate operations in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, federal officials said. Daniel Menera Sierra, suspected of being a regional leader of the drug cartel, and three associates were arrested in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia. One of the men arrested is suspected of being in charge of smuggling drugs by air from Colombia into Mexico. Menera Sierra's arrest led to the capture of Ernesto Balderas Medrano, a 38-year-old suspected cartel leader, in the city of Apodaca.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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South and Central America/Caribbean

Airport information and scheduled closings
  • (ALL - Antigua and Barbuda) All visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia are prohibited entry. Visas for travelers from these countries have been suspended. All passports are being reviewed to determine passenger travel history within six weeks prior to arrival. Precautions will be taken for anyone arriving from a country where the disease is endemic; anyone with symptoms will be placed in the quarantine facility for assessment. Anyone having contact with an Ebola patient or who has eaten bush meat will be placed under active surveillance for 21 days. If they have not been in contact with anyone with Ebola, they will be placed under passive surveillance. Authorities reserve the right to quarantine any returning resident or citizen.
  • (ALL - Belize) Officials have banned entry/visa issuance to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, and Nigeria. Sierra Leone nationals, (no visa required) are also denied entry. Additionally, any travelers who have visited these countries in the past 30 days are also denied entry.
  • (ALL - Colombia) Any traveler who has visited Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, or Nigeria since 15 September will be denied entry due to the Ebola outbreak. This restriction applies to both Colombian nationals and foreigners. Visa applications will be denied under these restrictions as a preventative measure. Ebola virus disease (EVD) screenings will be conducted as needed and may cause travel delays.
  • (ALL - Dominican Republic) The government has banned entry to travelers who have been in the following countries in the past 30 days: Sierra Leone, Senegal, Liberia, Guinea, and Nigeria, as well as any countries that the World Health Organization has deemed to be affected by the Ebola virus.
  • (ALL - Guyana) Visas will not be issued to nationals from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria. Health officials will screen travelers who have visited these countries in the six weeks prior to arrival in Guyana.
  • (ALL - Haiti) Travelers who have been to Guinea, Liberia, or Sierra Leone in the past 28 days will be denied entry into Haiti. Travelers who have been to these countries more than 28 days before travel to Haiti must present a government-certified health certificate and the results of a blood test for the Ebola virus upon arrival.
  • (ALL - Jamaica) The government has imposed an entry ban for travelers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, as well as those who have visited these countries within the four weeks prior to their arrival. In addition, any Jamaican national who travels to the aforementioned countries will be quarantined for 28 days upon return to Jamaica.
  • (ALL - Panama) Officials have banned entry of travelers who have visited Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days prior to arrival. This ban will remain in place until these countries are declared Ebola-free.
  • (ALL - St. Kitts and Nevis) Officials have restricted the entry of nationals from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Similar measures will also be applied to travelers who have visited these countries 21 days prior to travel.
  • (ALL - Saint Lucia) All visitors from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will be denied entry to Saint Lucia until further notice. Visitors from Nigeria will be required to present a recent medical certificate, clearing them of the Ebola virus, in addition to a valid visa.
  • (ALL - St. Maarten) Visitors who have traveled to, from, or through Congo (DRC), Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone 21 days prior to arrival will be denied entry, or transit through St. Maarten.
  • (ALL - St. Vincent and the Grenadines) A travel ban is in effect for nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea due to the Ebola virus and lack of medical resources to deal with a potential outbreak.
  • (ALL - Suriname) Officials have banned entry to foreign travelers who have been to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in the past 21 days prior to arrival, unless they can present an internationally recognized health certificate clearing them of the Ebola virus.
  • (ALL - Trinidad and Tobago) All visitors from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be prohibited entry along with any persons who visited the affected countries in the last six weeks. Trinidad and Tobago residents who visited the affected countries in the past six weeks will be quarantined for a minimum period of 21 days.
  • (SABE) Buenos Aires will be closed between 0430-0730 through 31 March.
  • (SBRF) Recife will be closed between 0630-0900 on 7-15 April.
  • (SEGU) Guayaquil will be closed between 1300-1900 on 13 June.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena will be closed between 0600-1030 on 1 May through 15 June.
Low/no fuel announcements
  • (VARIOUS - Peru) International refueling is available from UVair supplier Petroperu at (SPQT) Iquitos and (SPQU) Arequipa only with presentation of a provisional DUA (40) customs declaration document authorizing the exported supply.
  • (MGGT) Guatemala City - UVair supplier ChevronTexaco, fueling on the east and military ramps from 0900-1600 LT, requires a minimum of 24 hours' notice. Outside these hours, or with less than 24 hours' notice, fueling will be on the south international ramp.
  • (SKCG) Cartagena - Aerosupport has been named the official airport fuel vendor; Terpel continues as into plane fueler.
  • (SCEL) Santiago - UVair supplier Petrobras GA fuels only at Ramp P and fuel truck capacity is only 10,000 liters. Those requiring larger volumes should fuel with Petrobras at the main apron hydrant.
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  Colombia
Colombian police on Tuesday captured five members of a criminal organization who placed and detonated explosives in recent weeks in the capital. Officials say those arrested were acting at the behest of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas. The authorities identified one of the suspects, Wilmer Johan Cañon, alias "Pedro," as having direct links with the ELN and accused him of contacting other people to prepare and place the bombs.

U.S. Department of State travel warnings

No newly published warnings for this region at publication time.
To see all current travel warnings, visit here.

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NBAA update briefs

Visit http://www.nbaa.org/news/update/ for full versions of these briefs, plus much more of the week's business-aviation news.

NBAA Safety Committee Announces Top Safety Focus Areas for 2015
NBAA's Safety Committee has released its third annual list of recommended business aviation Top Safety Focus Areas, highlighting two primary safety issues – loss of control in flight and runway excursions.
http://www.nbaa.org/news/pr/2015/20150319-030.php

Business Aviation a Common Denominator of Fortune's Most Admired Companies
Fortune magazine's annual "World's Most Admired Companies" features 50 most admired companies that, by large measure, share a common denominator: business aviation. U.S.-based companies occupy 42 of 50 spots, and of that number, 31 are NBAA members.
http://www.nbaa.org/advocacy/issues/essential/20150323-business-aviation-a-common-denominator-among-fortunes-most-admired-companies.php

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Worldwide weather report

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TROPICAL
There are no tropical systems at this time.

VOLCANOES
Sakurajima, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 11,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southeast at 25 knots. Aso, Kyushu, Japan has an ash cloud from 9,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 5 knots. Colima, Mexico has an ash cloud from 23,000 feet to the surface moving toward the west at 20 knots. Karymsky, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the south at 5 knots. Zhupanovsky, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 27,000 feet to the surface moving toward the east at 15 knots. Dukono, Halmahera, Indonesia has an ash cloud from 7,000 feet to the surface moving toward the southwest at 10 knots. Shiveluch, Kamchatka has an ash cloud from 33,000 feet to the surface moving toward the south at 25 knots.

AFRICA
Thunderstorms are likely over central Africa. Patchy morning fog is likely over portions of the Ivory Coast southeastward into Angola.

ASIA
As the transition to the rainy season begins, mainly afternoon thunderstorms are expected across southern India and Sri Lanka. A cold front pushing through central Russia should produce snow across the region. A cold front approaching northern China should produce snow showers across the region. High pressure over northern Japan should allow sunny skies and seasonal temperatures to persist through the weekend. Snow can be expected across northeast Russia, including the Kamchatka peninsula as low pressure is slow to exit the region.

SOUTHEAST ASIA/NORTH PACIFIC
Thunderstorm activity will continue across Indonesia and Indo-China. As the transition away from the drier season begins, the intensity and frequency of these storms will increase. A cold front in the central North Pacific should produce rain showers and isolated thunderstorms across the area. An area of low pressure over southern Alaska should produce rain showers along the coast and snow showers further inland.

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH PACIFIC
Mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible across the northern tier of Australia. A cold front over southeast Australia should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region.

ATLANTIC/EUROPE
A deep area of low pressure south of Greenland should produce rain and gusty winds across the region. A cold front moving rapidly across the central Atlantic should produce rain showers across the region. A cold front pushing through Western Europe should produce rain showers across the region. A broad area of low pressure over the central Mediterranean Sea should produce rain across the region. Also, thunderstorms may be possible, especially across southern Italy and Greece. A cold front pushing through Eastern Europe should produce rain showers across the region.

NORTH AMERICA
A cold front along the East Coast of the U.S. should produce rain showers and thunderstorms from the Mid-Atlantic States, southwestward across the Tennessee Valley, Deep South, and southern Texas. Some of these storms could become severe, especially across eastern Tennessee, the Carolinas, and southern Louisiana. The northern end of this cold front could produce snow showers across the lower Great Lakes and northern New England. A cold front pushing through the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest should produce rain showers across the region.

SOUTH AMERICA
Showers and thunderstorms should persist across the northern tier of South America associated with deep tropical moisture. A stationary frontal boundary over southern Brazil should produce rain showers and thunderstorms across the region. A cold front approaching Chile-Argentina should produce rain showers and gusty winds across the region beginning Friday.

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