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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Summer Weather?

Summer isn't here yet, but things are heating up. How much do you know about the weather you'll be facing this summer?


  1. 1) You enter a microburst head on. What will you initially see on your airspeed indicator?
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    That's right, if you enter a microburst head on, you will have an initial increase in airspeed. Then, as you fly through to the other side, your speed will start to decrease.

    If you enter a microburst head on, you will have an initial increase in airspeed. Then, as you fly through to the other side, your speed will start to decrease.

    1. 1 - Decreasing
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    2. 1 - Increasing
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    3. 1 - No change
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  2. 2) Updrafts in a thunderstorm can exceed:
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    Thunderstorm updrafts can exceed 6,000 FPM. Never try to climb above a developing thunderstorm, because it can grow much faster than you can climb.

    Thunderstorm updrafts can exceed 6,000 FPM. Never try to climb above a developing thunderstorm, because it can grow much faster than you can climb.

    1. 2 - 1k
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    2. 2 - 2k
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    3. 2 - 3k
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    1. 2 - 4k
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    2. 2 - 5k
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    3. 2 - 6k
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  3. 3) You see this cloud formation. What is it?
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    Cumulonimbus mammatus clouds look like bulbous pouches sticking out of the base of a cloud. They can indicate severe turbulence, so steer clear.

    Cumulonimbus mammatus clouds look like bulbous pouches sticking out of the base of a cloud. They can indicate severe turbulence, so steer clear.

    1. 3 - Alto
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    2. 3 - Alto Len
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    3. 3 - Cirrus
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    1. 3 - Cu Mamm
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    2. 3 - Strato
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    3. 3 - Stratus
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  4. 4) You fly underneath virga (we wouldn't recommend it, but it happened). What is most likely going to happen next?
    Stem - 4 NOAA

    Virga can cause downdrafts, and can also be associated with microbursts. There may also be moderate to severe turbulence under virga, so try to avoid it.

    Virga can cause downdrafts, and can also be associated with microbursts. There may also be moderate to severe turbulence under virga, so try to avoid it.

    1. 4 - Updraft
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    2. 4 - Downdraft
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    3. 4 - Nothin
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  5. 5) The wind speed inside the vortex of a tornado can exceed:
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    Speeds inside a tornado vortex can exceed 200 knots.

    Speeds inside a tornado vortex can exceed 200 knots.

    1. 5 - 100
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    2. 5 - 150
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    3. 5 - 200
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  6. 6) You're flying and you see this on your windscreen. What is it?
    Stem - 6 Jerry Raia

    A blue-purple coronal discharge is known as St. Elmo's fire, and it can appear when flying through highly charged air.

    A blue-purple coronal discharge is known as St. Elmo's fire, and it can appear when flying through highly charged air.

    1. 6 - snow
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    2. 6 - lightning
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  7. 7) El Nino is spanish for:

    Remember Chris Farley in Saturday Night Live? But in all seriousness, El Nino is a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. The warming causes a shift in the atmospheric circulation with rainfall becoming reduced over Indonesia and Australia, while rainfall and tropical cyclone formation increases over the tropical Pacific Ocean. (Wikipedia)

    Remember Chris Farley in Saturday Night Live? But in all seriousness, El Nino is a band of warm ocean water that develops in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific. The warming causes a shift in the atmospheric circulation with rainfall becoming reduced over Indonesia and Australia, while rainfall and tropical cyclone formation increases over the tropical Pacific Ocean. (Wikipedia)

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    1. 7 - dissipating
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    2. 7 - band
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    3. 7 - nino
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You should probably hit the books before you fly this summer...

You scored % But look on the bright side, you have a lot of room for improvement.

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Looks like you're pretty much geared up for summer weather.

You scored % Not bad.

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Nailed it! You're definitely ready for summer weather.

You scored % Nice work.

And if you want to see the Chris Farley El Nino skit, click here.

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Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at colin@boldmethod.com.

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