MOS Ceiling and Visibility Forecasts Discontinued
According to the following discussion thread, the National Weather Service has discontinued the graphical version of the MOS ceiling and visibility forecasts.
 
 
I hope that AOPA can persuade NWS to bring them back, because a lot of pilots have been finding them useful. The available alternatives are much less effective at conveying the information, IMO.
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Ronald Levy
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Personally, I find the graphic MAV/MOS pages a bit difficult to use compared to the TAF-like presentation you find in Foreflight.  I haven't used the graphic depiction for quite a long while..

Richard Palm:

According to the following discussion thread, the National Weather Service has discontinued the graphical version of the MOS ceiling and visibility forecasts.
 
 
I hope that AOPA can persuade NWS to bring them back, because a lot of pilots have been finding them useful. The available alternatives are much less effective at conveying the information, IMO.

 

They've discontinued the GMOS product and did so with plenty of opportunity during the comment period for any stakeholder to share their concerns - so AOPA won't be able to persuade them to keep it around since it has gone through this process and they have made a decision to no longer support it.  Moreover, these websites are not monitored operationally and as is often the case, they are always high on the budget chopping block under the current Federal gov't administration.  

The NWS is moving toward more interactive products like you see here.   Although you won't find any ceiling and visibility forecasts yet.  That is on their list to add in the future.  Could be years though before it gets added. Also, don't forget the new GFA forecast.  It's designed to provide the same ceiling and visibility forecast and is monitored operationally.   That's the official automated graphical forecast for pilots defined in AC 00-45H Change 2.   
Ronald Levy
1432 Posts

Scott Dennstaedt:

The NWS is moving toward more interactive products like you see here.   Although you won't find any ceiling and visibility forecasts yet. 
Can we not get those MOS ceiling and visibility forecasts several days out for specific airports through Foreflight?  Wind and precip, too.