Surface Map Weather Feature
The above map identifies the visibility throughout the United States. We as meteorologist use surface visibility charts to help identify where certain features are possibly at. If we look at the red circle near San Diego we can see that it says ¼ visibility meaning that they are experiencing Fog at their weather station, which can lead to many problems from traffic on the roads and also the shipping lanes of the ocean. The second is the 3 and 7 in Central Nebraska. Here we are looking probably at t-storms over these stations and the rain falling is reducing how far that a person can see. The third location is in the panhandle of Texas. Here we see the visibility is at 10 miles meaning that we can see as far as the horizon with no restrictions to sight. Visibility is an important part of weather as it can have huge impacts on transportation from aviation to road traffic.