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Wx Watch: Nor'easter super slam

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

The radar map for late in the day on February 5 shows a classic mid-latitude low pressure system’s frontal signature (left). At this point the low pressure center is somewhere over South Carolina.

Wx Watch: Thundersnow!

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2010

Do you note weather conditions in your logbook entries? I do. It’s a great way to look back over the conditions that prompted memorable >weather events.

Wx Watch: Icing Intensities

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2009

Let’s get something out of the way right up front: Avoid icing conditions if at all possible, and escape them immediately should you encounter icing. It’s as simple as that.

Wx Watch: Eyes on the sky

Pilot Magazine | Oct 01, 2009

In a lonely, one-story, concrete building some five miles from the Kansas City International Airport, a group of 40 Aviation Weather Center (AWC) meteorologists toil around the clock. Their job: create the weather forecasts, advisories, warnings, and graphics that flight service specialists and the pilot community rely upon for sound preflight information.

Wx Watch: Greeting the G-Airmet

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2009

The Aviation Digital Data Service’s Web site has been called the go-to Web site for one-stop aviation weather shopping. The variety of products covers all the bases, and the site’s cutting-edge products (such as the current and forecast icing products) make for a wealth of first-class preflight planning aids.

Wx Watch: Eyes in the Sky

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2009

WXWatch GOES satellites show more than clouds By: Thomas A. Horne Every pilot I know regularly checks out weather satellite imagery as part of his or her preflight duties, and for the most part, interpreting satellite photos is fairly intuitive.

Wx Watch: Calm up high, roaring down low

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2009

It’s a question that often pops up in the minds of high-time airline captains and beginning students alike: Why do winds increase with altitude? Are there any exceptions to this informal rule? Sometimes I get e-mails from pilots wondering about strange, weaker-than-usual winds aloft, many times with descriptions of increasing winds during the descent phase of the same flight. Yes, this sort of phenomenon happens from time to time.

Wx Watch: Rain or snow?

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2009

Will it snow tonight? Should I put the airplane in a hangar, just to be on the safe side? Will my approach and landing be affected by snow-reduced visibilities and reduced braking action? Will it be snow or rain? These are just a few of the wintertime concerns for pilots planning to operate out of airports affected by snowfall. Forecasters use computer-generated chart data to come up with a general rule (with the emphasis on general) to help them locate areas of likely snowfall at lower altitudes and at the surface.

Wx Watch: Icing facts and myths

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2008

Most of us have been around enough wintertime bull sessions to have heard some hair-raising stories of icing encounters. You know, landing with full power.

Wx Watch: Winter Rules to Live By

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2008

What if you were at some desolate airport, and had no access to weather information? Could you concoct at least a rudimentary idea of what the local weather held in store? There are ways of determining the weather in the next eight to 12 hours—under certain circumstances. And no, I’m not talking about using the “weather rock” you saw in that tourist trap at the side of the road, among the ridiculously huge cigars, the commemorative spoons, and the paperweights made of scorpions encased in plastic.