Prevailing visibility

From Glossary of Meteorology



prevailing visibility

In U.S. weather observing practice, the greatest horizontal visibility that is equaled or surpassed throughout half of the horizon circle; it need not be a continuous half.

In the case of rapidly varying conditions, it is the average of the prevailing visibility while the observation is being taken. This value is entered in a surface weather observation. If the value is less than seven miles, it must be explained by reporting a type of weather or obstruction to vision.


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