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The Hardest Aviation Weather Quiz You'll Take This Week

You fly in it every day. How much do you know about weather?


  1. 1) Which type of fog is associated with moist air moving over a cool surface?
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    Advection fog is associated with moist air moving over a cooler surface.

    Advection fog is associated with moist air moving over a cooler surface.

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  2. 2) Which one of these answers describes a low pressure system near the surface in the northern hemisphere?

    A low pressure system at the surface flows counter-clockwise and converges at the center of the low pressure system.

    A low pressure system at the surface flows counter-clockwise and converges at the center of the low pressure system.

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  3. 3) You're at Los Angeles International airport (125' MSL) and it's a standard day (ISA). Approximately what altitude would you find a temperature of -1 degrees Celsius?

    The standard lapse rate is 2 degrees for every thousand feet. ISA standard temperature is 15 degrees at sea level. The difference between 15 and -1 is 16 degrees. Dividing this value by 2 (two degrees per thousand feet) gives you 8. Multiply that by 1,000 and you get an altitude of 8,000 feet.

    The standard lapse rate is 2 degrees for every thousand feet. ISA standard temperature is 15 degrees at sea level. The difference between 15 and -1 is 16 degrees. Dividing this value by 2 (two degrees per thousand feet) gives you 8. Multiply that by 1,000 and you get an altitude of 8,000 feet.

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  4. 4) What does a thunderstorm need to form?
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    High humidity, unstable atmosphere, and a lifting force are the ingredients needed to make a thunderstorm.

    High humidity, unstable atmosphere, and a lifting force are the ingredients needed to make a thunderstorm.

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  5. 5) What type of cloud is this, and what weather is associated with it?
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    Nimbostratus is a type of cloud associated with a thick gray cloud layer, and rain or snow without lightning or thunder.

    Nimbostratus is a type of cloud associated with a thick gray cloud layer, and rain or snow without lightning or thunder.

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  6. 6) What type of ice did this aircraft accumulate?
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    Mixed ice is a cloudy combination of clear and rime ice. It's often found in stratiform clouds, with the most intense icing near the top of the cloud. 

    Mixed ice is a cloudy combination of clear and rime ice. It's often found in stratiform clouds, with the most intense icing near the top of the cloud. 

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, Certified Flight Instructor and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. He has been flying since 16 years old, and is pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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