Question: Discrepancy between pilot reports and forecast maps?


Super Lifetime Elite Ultra
I have a question! What accounts for the difference between a turbulence forecast map that looks pretty decent and a pilot reports map for the same time period that looks really turbulent?

Here are two screenshots from the same time period. Just wondering as I would like to be able to do a better job of anticipating flight experience, and this kind of seeming discrepancy throws me off. Am I reading the forecast map incorrectly? Or do I need to also factor in radar of weather more, which may not show up on the forecast map?

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Staff member
Radar, fronts, weather, there are so many variables. I always rely on pilot reports for the most accurate picture of what's happening right now.