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Can You Ace These 8 Weather Questions?

How well do you know your weather fronts? Here are 8 questions to test your mettle. And, if you don't like your score, brush up with our Aviation Weather course...


  1. 1) What type of front is this?
    front-1

    Awesome! This is a warm front.

    Incorrect.  This is a warm front - notice how the warm front rides up above the cold air ahead of it.

    1. front-cold
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    2. front-warm
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    1. front-trough
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    2. front-ridge
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  2. 2) What front is most likely approaching this station?

    SPECI KDFW 091025Z 31026G35KT 10SM SQ SCT021 BKN065 BKN085 OVC250 24/19 A2980 RMK AO2 PK WND 32035/1025 WSHFT 1011 PRESRR T02440189 $=

    Awesome! Squall lines often form ahead of cold fronts.

    Incorrect! Squall lines often form ahead of fast moving cold fronts.

    1. front-cold
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    2. front-occluded
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    1. front-stationary
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    2. front-warm
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  3. 3) What type of front is this?
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    Awesome! This is an occluded front, where a cold front catches up to a warm front.

    Incorrect. This is an occluded front, where a cold front catches up to a warm front.

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    2. front-occluded
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    1. front-stationary
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    2. front-warm
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  4. 4) What time did the thunderstorms begin?

    SPECI KGUY 090215Z AUTO 30010KT 4SM +TSRA BR FEW038 BKN046 OVC070 12/11 A2994 RMK AO2 PK WND 30030/0156 WSHFT 0147 LTG DSNT ALQDS TSB09 P0018 T01220111=

    Awesome! The thunderstorms began at 9 minutes past the hour - 0209Z.

    Incorrect. The thunderstorms began at 9 minutes past the hour - 0209Z.

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    2. 4-2
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    3. 4-3
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  5. 5) What phenomenon does this observation report?

    SPECI KPUB 082046Z 31015KT 2SM R08R/6000VP6000FT FC +TSRA SCT049 BKN060 OVC075 12/09 A2993 RMK AO2 PK WND 30053/2025 LTG DSNT ALQDS RAB24 TSB45 P0019 T01220094=

    Awesome! "FC" indicates a funnel cloud - which doesn't touch the ground. Tornados and waterspouts touch the ground and are coded "+FC."

    Incorrect. "FC" indicates a funnel cloud - which doesn't touch the ground. Tornados and waterspouts touch the ground and are coded "+FC."

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    2. wx-fc
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    1. wx-tornado
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    2. wx-waterspout
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  6. 6) What front is most likely associated with this weather?

    METAR KSDF 081553Z 15009KT 1SM RA BR SCT009 OVC011 22/21 A2988 RMK AO2 P0019 T02230210=

    Awesome! Stratiform clouds and steady rain often accompany a warm front.

    Incorrect. Stratiform clouds and steady rain often accompany a warm front.

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    2. front-ridge
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    1. front-trough
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    2. front-warm
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  7. 7) What AIRMET would describe the following conditions?

    METAR KGFK 070955Z 35033G40KT P6SM SCT150 22/09 A3015 RMK AO2 PK WND 34043/0943 T02210089=

    Awesome! AIRMET Tango forecasts sustained surface winds 30 knots or more, as well as moderate turbulence.

    Incorrect. AIRMET Tango forecasts sustained surface winds 30 knots or more, as well as moderate turbulence.

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    2. airmet-tango
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    1. airmet-zulu
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    2. airmet-none
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  8. 8) Would precipitation generally fall from a towering cumulous cloud (TCU)?

    Awesome!  A TCU hasn't started to produce precipitation. Once it does, it becomes a cumulonimbus cloud (CB).

    Incorrect.  A TCU hasn't started to produce precipitation. Once it does, it becomes a cumulonimbus cloud (CB).

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    2. yn-no
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