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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : bwi|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : atp
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 10000
flight time type : 2000
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Noticed heavy rain at airport started approximately XX00. When we checked ATIS at XX50 no mention was made of thunderstorm, lightning, cloud-to-cloud, and cloud-to-ground in vicinity of airport. ATIS was not updated until XY10. I don't understand why a large thunderstorm producing significant rain and lightning wasn't reported for over 1 hour. It was reported that 2 aircraft took lightning strikes while arriving bwi during this time period. At XY50 I asked ATC ground control (121.9) to call WX and request update. It still took 17 mins to update. I find it intolerable that the entire group of aircraft that were operating in the vicinity of bwi during this time frame were deprived of this essential and life threatening information. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following: reporter feels someone in the WX reporting stations should be designated to keep a watch out the window for changes to the WX and instantly get a special on the WX sequence and perhaps a phone call to the tower so the time delay in getting it on the ATIS would be reduced.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: DELAY IN WX UPDATE AND TWR CONVERTING TO ATIS.
Narrative: NOTICED HVY RAIN AT ARPT STARTED APPROX XX00. WHEN WE CHECKED ATIS AT XX50 NO MENTION WAS MADE OF TSTM, LIGHTNING, CLOUD-TO-CLOUD, AND CLOUD-TO-GND IN VICINITY OF ARPT. ATIS WAS NOT UPDATED UNTIL XY10. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY A LARGE TSTM PRODUCING SIGNIFICANT RAIN AND LIGHTNING WASN'T REPORTED FOR OVER 1 HR. IT WAS REPORTED THAT 2 ACFT TOOK LIGHTNING STRIKES WHILE ARRIVING BWI DURING THIS TIME PERIOD. AT XY50 I ASKED ATC GND CTL (121.9) TO CALL WX AND REQUEST UPDATE. IT STILL TOOK 17 MINS TO UPDATE. I FIND IT INTOLERABLE THAT THE ENTIRE GROUP OF ACFT THAT WERE OPERATING IN THE VICINITY OF BWI DURING THIS TIME FRAME WERE DEPRIVED OF THIS ESSENTIAL AND LIFE THREATENING INFORMATION. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH REPORTER REVEALED THE FOLLOWING: REPORTER FEELS SOMEONE IN THE WX REPORTING STATIONS SHOULD BE DESIGNATED TO KEEP A WATCH OUT THE WINDOW FOR CHANGES TO THE WX AND INSTANTLY GET A SPECIAL ON THE WX SEQUENCE AND PERHAPS A PHONE CALL TO THE TWR SO THE TIME DELAY IN GETTING IT ON THE ATIS WOULD BE REDUCED.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.