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Icing Encounters

Flying this time of year means dodging a whole new set of hazards. Depending on where you fly, those hazards frequently include the dreaded ice.

More Chart Reading

Learn some tips and tricks from a veteran aviation forecaster about what to look for on even those basic weather charts.

Winter Troubles

You’ve probably heard at least something about a strong El Niño episode that’s underway. During such years, weather hazards are plentiful, especially in the...

Wind Shear

In aviation meteorology articles we often focus on the big problems: thunderstorms, heavy fog, low ceilings, and icing, all of which are responsible for...

Hurricanes

Every summer and autumn headlines cover at least one major hurricane approaching the coast. You’re probably not planning to do any pattern work in...

Nowcasting

Perhaps you’ve heard the term “nowcasting.” The American Meteorological Society defines this word as “a short-term weather forecast, generally for the next few hours.”...

Seeing is Believing

Your flight is short—just over an hour. What could happen? A lot. Solid clouds can develop on the way and hunker down into low...

Summer Weather

Summer is the ideal time to take the plane out and visit fly-ins, see some old friends, and seek out the hundred-dollar hamburger. It’s...

Convection

Convection is something you probably deal with every day as a pilot, whether you’re aware of it or not. When you hear the word...

Brief Like A Forecaster

Since I began this column over 10 years ago, I’ve strived to write as though you’re with me in the weather operations center, looking...

RADAR Revisited

Just 40 years ago, a pilot’s only real access to live radar data was in the cockpit of a sophisticated multi-engine aircraft. But thanks...

Dilemmas At Dusk

While we train for the essential ability to fly approaches to minimums, that’s not always enough preparation for real-life weather, which can conjure up...