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WEATHER

By Jack Williams
THE WEATHER CHANNEL, a
24-hour cable network, began
broadcasting in May 1982.

FORECAST FOUNDATION

FORMER, CURRENT, AND FUTURE WEATHER

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AOPA FLYQ FLIGHT PLANNER
The AOPA FlyQ Flight Planner gives flight
planning, airport information, and aviation
weather with just a few clicks of your mouse.
It features real-time weather maps, METARs
and TAFs, radar comp reflectivity, echo tops,
aopa.org/flightplanning/flyq).

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checking your smartphone for what meteorologists call a “tombstone forecast”—it’s
brief enough to fit on a tombstone. For
example: “Rain, high 51, low 34.”
Until you started flying, this was all the
weather information you needed most of
the time. As a pilot, you need a lot more
weather information, and you’ll need it
for every flight. You wouldn’t want to take
off for an hour practicing takeoffs and
landings unless you’re sure a line of thunderstorms isn’t lurking over the horizon to
send fast, shifting winds across the runway
just as you’re touching down.
Fortunately, since the 1930s, the
National Weather Service (NWS) and the
FAA have developed an aviation weather

infrastructure that obtains weather data,
produces forecasts, and makes needed
information available to pilots. In the past
two decades private weather companies
have become key players in the aviation
weather enterprise. You need to understand what kind of information is available
to you and how to use it. 	
THE TWO FLAVORS OF WEATHER DATA.

All of the weather information you obtain
for a flight is either a report of what the
weather was doing at a particular time in
the near past, or a prediction of what it
will do in the near future. All weather forecasts begin with meteorologists collecting
current weather data, beginning with the

STEVE PUPPE

lightning, and current winds aloft (www.

ntil you took up flying, you probably found the weather
information you needed by looking out of the window
and watching the weather segment of the local television
news. Maybe you've moved beyond television by


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Flight Training - March 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - March 2013

Flight Training - March 2013
Contents
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Not What It Appears
After the Checkride
How It Works
ASI News Action
Training Products
Since You Asked
Member Products Final Exam
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Flying Carpet
The "S" Word
Women With Wings
Problem Solver
Technique
Weather
Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Juggling the Airplane
The Known to the Unknown
You're Not Done Yet
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Training - March 2013
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover2
Flight Training - March 2013 - 1
Flight Training - March 2013 - Contents
Flight Training - March 2013 - 3
Flight Training - March 2013 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - March 2013 - 5
Flight Training - March 2013 - Right Seat
Flight Training - March 2013 - 7
Flight Training - March 2013 - Letters
Flight Training - March 2013 - 9
Flight Training - March 2013 - Not What It Appears
Flight Training - March 2013 - 11
Flight Training - March 2013 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - How It Works
Flight Training - March 2013 - ASI News Action
Flight Training - March 2013 - Training Products
Flight Training - March 2013 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - March 2013 - 17
Flight Training - March 2013 - Member Products Final Exam
Flight Training - March 2013 - Checkride
Flight Training - March 2013 - 20
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - March 2013 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 23
Flight Training - March 2013 - The "S" Word
Flight Training - March 2013 - 25
Flight Training - March 2013 - 26
Flight Training - March 2013 - 27
Flight Training - March 2013 - Women With Wings
Flight Training - March 2013 - 29
Flight Training - March 2013 - 30
Flight Training - March 2013 - 31
Flight Training - March 2013 - 32
Flight Training - March 2013 - 33
Flight Training - March 2013 - Problem Solver
Flight Training - March 2013 - 35
Flight Training - March 2013 - 36
Flight Training - March 2013 - 37
Flight Training - March 2013 - Technique
Flight Training - March 2013 - 39
Flight Training - March 2013 - Weather
Flight Training - March 2013 - 41
Flight Training - March 2013 - 42
Flight Training - March 2013 - Aviation's Glass Ceiling
Flight Training - March 2013 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - March 2013 - 45
Flight Training - March 2013 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - March 2013 - Juggling the Airplane
Flight Training - March 2013 - The Known to the Unknown
Flight Training - March 2013 - You're Not Done Yet
Flight Training - March 2013 - 50
Flight Training - March 2013 - Advertiser Index
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Flight Training - March 2013 - Debrief
Flight Training - March 2013 - Cover3
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