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How Much Do You Know About Aviation Weather?

How much do you know about aviation weather reports and forecasts? Take this quiz and find out!


  1. 1) What AIRMET would you expect with this weather?
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    Nice try. AIRMET SIERRA is used for widespread IFR and mountain obscuration.

    1. 1-alpha
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    2. 1-foggy
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    3. 1-sierra
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    1. 1-tango
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    2. 1-zulu
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    3. 1-charlie
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  2. 2) Which METAR weather code describes this event?
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    Nice try. This is a dust storm, or 'DS'. Dust storms arise when a gust front or other strong wind blows loose sand and dirt from a dry surface.

    1. 2-blsg
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    2. 2-br
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    3. 2-drsa
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    1. 2-ds
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    2. 2-fzfg
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    3. 2-grpy
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  3. 3) You see this plane land at the airport. What kind of weather report can you expect?
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    Nice try. Severe or greater icing is included in SIGMETs.

    1. 3-sierra
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    2. 3-tango
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    3. 3-sigmet
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  4. 4) TAFs (Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts) are used to predict weather conditions for the next 24 or 30 hours within ____ statute mile(s) of an airport's runway complex.

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    Nice try. TAFs forecast weather within 5sm of an airport's runway complex.

    1. 4-1
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    2. 4-3
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    3. 4-5
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    1. 4-10
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    2. 5-15
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    3. 4-20
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  5. 5) What METAR code best represents this airport's weather?
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    Nice try. Tornados and funnel clouds are listed as 'FC' in a METAR.

    1. 5-blfu
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    2. 5-ds
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    3. 5-fc
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    1. 5-shra
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    2. 5-ts
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    3. 5-va
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  6. 6) What speed and direction is the wind blowing at Fort Worth Meacham Airport (KFTW)?
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    1. 6-1
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    2. 6-2
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    3. 6-3
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Your Knowledge Level: Storm Chaser

You scored %. Keep studying those storms and try again. Think you know more about aviation weather than your friends? Pass it on and find out!

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Your Knowledge Level: Weather Channel Reporter

You scored %. Watch out cable TV, because you know your stuff! You're an aviation weather guru, as well as an expert at telling millions of people what weather is coming their way.

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Your Knowledge Level: Jim Cantore

Wow - you scored %! It doesn't matter what the weather is - you're live on location. Hurricanes? No problem. Sub-zero temps? Even better. You're the weather expert that everyone looks up to.

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Swayne Martin

Swayne is an editor at Boldmethod, certified flight instructor, and an Embraer 145 First Officer for a regional airline. He graduated as an aviation major from the University of North Dakota in 2018, holds a PIC Type Rating for Cessna Citation Jets (CE-525), and is a former pilot for Mokulele Airlines. He's the author of articles, quizzes and lists on Boldmethod every week. You can reach Swayne at swayne@boldmethod.com, and follow his flying adventures on his YouTube Channel.

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