What about the weather? What are the important units of measurement for avoiding adverse weather conditions?
Lightning is an important unit of measurement. It’s a signpost that a particular area of weather contains severe or extreme convective turbulence. As aviation weather expert Dr. Scott Dennstaedt says, “What name do you give the weather phenomenon one second before the first lightning strike? A rain shower!”
In the initial phase of a developing thunderstorm, it is common for a cell to consist of mainly cloud-to-cloud lightning. AOPA Strategic Partner SiriusXM Aviation delivers cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning to the cockpit and updates the information every 2.5 minutes. Armed with this information, you can confidently make decisions sooner to minimize your exposure to an area with dangerous convection.-
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Knowing the height as well as the speed and direction of thunderstorms provides you with guidance so you know where the most significant storms will be relative to your route. This allows you to strategically maneuver around dangerous weather at a safe distance. SiriusXM Aviation provides storm tracks and echo top heights to allow you to monitor the speed and direction of the most significant areas of weather. ADS-B/FIS-B does not offer storm tracks or echo top heights. With ADS-B/FIS-B you are left to estimate the movement of significant cells.
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Having the tools to increase situational awareness, simplify decision making, and avoid adverse weather makes the busy times in the cockpit more manageable. And that leaves more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight. Maybe even listen to some tunes.
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