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Summer Patterns

Summertime almost certainly means vacations, cookouts, and maybe some time on the beach. There are airshows, fly-ins, $100 hamburgers, and of course AirVenture at...

A Radar Primer

Radar, whether we're talking air traffic control, thunderstorm detection, navigation, or even air combat, is a technology that has shaped the history of flight...

Inside AWOS And ASOS

How many times have you heard a report like this? “Podunk Municipal airport, automated weather observation, 2347 Zulu. Weather, wind 050 at 12 knots,...

ALL ABOUT MOISTURE

With summer approaching, we often think about those hot temperatures, high density altitudes, and storms. But another factor enters the picture: moisture. High relative...

Dangerous Radar Data

Another season of turbulent spring weather is just ahead, so it’s a good time to go over storm safety. We’ll do that once again...

TAF Dissected

The Terminal Aerodrome Forecast, TAF, is a staple of aviation weather, known to almost every pilot. During my own Air Force career, I composed...

Understanding Fronts

Often, the word “front” raises anxiety and apprehension in aviation meteorology. It carries the possibility of showers and thunderstorms, signals a change in the weather...

Icing Revealed

Since the dawn of aviation, icing has emerged as one of the great hazards of flying. The 1994 American Eagle crash in Roselawn, Indiana,...

Autumn Weather

About the time this issue arrives, the U.S. will be heading toward the tail end of summer 2020. In just a matter of weeks...

Upper-Level Weather

Unless your flying is limited to local sightseeing in good weather, chances are you’ve used winds aloft charts at some point. For many commercial...

You Could Fly a Cat II ILS

Category I ILS approaches, long our low-weather mainstay, offer us minimums as low as 200 feet above the touchdown zone with RVR 1800 feet...

Wind Shear

When the jet age arrived in 1959, little was known about wind shear. Aviation was focused on thunderstorm avoidance. In Joseph George’s compilation of...