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Features March 2014 Issue

Reading Weather Data

You finally got on-board weather, but you find it confusing. In this first article in a series, you’ll ride with a meteorologist to learn what it all means and what to do about it.

Heading out to the ramp, we approach the Mooney in the darkness. The weather is cold and damp. You, the reader, are coming along for a ride. It is Dec. 8, 2013, a little after 9 p.m. We’re flying out of Melfa, a little airfield about an hour north of Norfolk, Virginia. Our destination: Steel City, Pittsburgh. It’s not the best weather for flying, but our friend Dave got last-minute VIP tickets for the Backstreet Boys/Avril Lavigne show at the Petersen Center tomorrow and called in a favor. He’ll be riding in back.

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