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Weather Watch: Convective coverages

Pilot Magazine | Mar 10, 2014

Whether you believe in global warming or not, here’s a hard fact: the days are getting warmer as we make our way toward summer.

Weather Watch: Trouble on top

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Flying in on-top conditions is always held up as some sort of Holy Grail.

Weather Watch: Wind wise

Pilot Magazine | Jan 22, 2014

Well, we’re coming out of the depths of winter, and staring March in the face. For pilots—and, well, just about everybody else—thoughts now turn to the strong winds so characteristic of the colder months, and especially the transition from winter to spring. What do we need to know to be wind wise about this time of year?

Wx Watch: Eyes in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Nov 20, 2013

It’s a hackneyed phrase, but true: A picture’s worth a thousand words.

WX watch: Ice advice, with Nexrad

Article | Oct 10, 2013

Now that so many of us now use datalinked Nexrad radar imagery, a lot of pilots have come to rely on it as gospel.

WX Watch: Look out below!

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2013

Mention inversions and most pilots will get the general idea that these represent situations where temperatures rise with altitude rather than fall.

WX Watch: Front formation

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2013

Pilots are always on the lookout for fronts. We’re always gawking at The Weather Channel or checking the prognosis and surface analysis charts to see if any are lurking around, or are predicted to occur.

Wx Watch: A slow-moving IMC-maker

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

I was taking an intensive flight training course earlier this year, and it ended up being a real workout. By this I mean instrument weather for much of the nine hours I flew during the weeklong course.

Wx Watch: Mesoscale discussions

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2013

Most of us are diligent about studying convective sigmets, convective outlooks, and Nexrad radar imagery before our flights in the warmer months. They’re great for a broad-brush view of any convective situations, but there is another source of information that delves into greater detail, and provides analyses of situations that could be factors in your decision making.