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Quiz: How Well Do You Know This Summer Weather?

It's the unofficial start of summer. Are you ready to fly through the weather that's coming with it?


  1. 1) Oops - you accidentally fly underneath virga. What are you expecting to happen?
    NOAA

    Yep, if you fly underneath you'll most likely experience a downdraft.

    Yep, if you fly underneath you'll most likely experience a downdraft.

    1. 4 - Updraft
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    2. 4 - Downdraft
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    3. 4 - Nothin
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  2. 2) Looks like you aren't flying today. What cloud formation is this?
    FAA

    That's right, this is cumulonimbus mammatus. And it's associated with severe turbulence, thunderstorms, and overall very bad flying weather.

    That's right, this is cumulonimbus mammatus. And it's associated with severe turbulence, thunderstorms, and overall very bad flying weather.

    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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  3. 3) You fly into a microburst head on. What will you initially see on your airspeed indicator?
    FAA

    Initially, you'll see an increase in airspeed, because you're flying into the outflow of the microburst.

    Initially, you'll see an increase in airspeed, because you're flying into the outflow of the microburst.

    1. 1 - Decreasing
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    2. 1 - Increasing
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    3. 1 - No change
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  4. 4) Here's somewhere you don't want to fly. The wind speed inside the vortex of a tornado can exceed:
    OK.gov

    That's right, a tornado can exceed 200 knots of wind velocity. Not good for your airplane.

    That's right, a tornado can exceed 200 knots of wind velocity. Not good for your airplane.

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

    That's St. Elmo's fire, and no, we're not talking about the song.

    That's St. Elmo's fire, and no, we're not talking about the song.

    1. 6 - st elmo
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    2. 6 - snow
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    3. 6 - lightning
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  6. 6) Updrafts in a thunderstorm can exceed:
    NASA

    They can really get moving - over 6,000 FPM updrafts.

    They can really get moving - over 6,000 FPM updrafts.

    1. 2 - 1k
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    2. 2 - 2k
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    3. 2 - 3k
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    1. 2 - 4k
      Unchecked Checked
    2. 2 - 5k
      Unchecked Checked
    3. 2 - 6k
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  7. 7) What does "El Nino" stand for?

    It's technically a band of warm ocean water. But it's also one of the best Saturday Night Live skits of all time.

    It's technically a band of warm ocean water. But it's also one of the best Saturday Night Live skits of all time.

    1. 7 - band
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    2. 7 - dissipating
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    3. 7 - nino
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Not bad...those were some tough questions.

You scored %. You could've done better, but you could've done worse.


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Nicely done.

You scored %. Looks like you've pretty much got this down.


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Well, you pretty much aced that quiz.

You scored %. Nicely done.


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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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