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Features August 2015 Issue

Southeast Summer

Southeast Summer

Weather across the United States is at its best in the summer, but isnít without hazards. Planning a trip to Disney World? Hereís what the southeastern states might have in store.

If you think summer weather in the southeastern states means sunshine and VFR, you probably havenít experienced one of the numerous warm-season ground stops on traffic going to Atlanta. Granted this part of the country gets plenty of blue sky, but itís also when the region gets the bulk of its precipitation. Furthermore some readers might have noticed weather charts almost never show fronts in this area during the summer. So how can we truly get a handle on what to expect? Most of the time when youíre dealing with preflight weather briefings and TAFs, you only see half the picture: the final forecast. Very few pilots actually get to see the thinking that goes into the predictions. Itís my job to give you that.

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