Why isn't it just called Aerodrome Forecast? Where does the "terminal" part come from?

  • $\begingroup$ Because aerodromes are where flights terminate. $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall Feb 29 at 5:53

Terminal refers to the airspace near the airport, more or less similar to the ATC usage of terminal as in "terminal airspace" or area. TAFs cover the airspace in a 5 mi radius of an aerodrome, the immediate terminal area. The T in METAR also refers to terminal as in "Meteorological Terminal Aviation Routine Weather Report".

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    $\begingroup$ Also in ATIS and FAA is using Area instead of Aerodrome sometimes. $\endgroup$ – mins Feb 29 at 11:57

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