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Quiz: 6 Questions To See How Much You Really Know About Aviation Weather

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  1. 1) A dry line is a type of boundary that is predominately characterized by the difference in _________ on either side of the front.

    Dry lines often appear in central Texas where warm moist air front Gulf of Mexico meets warm dry air from the deserts to the west. This rapid change in moisture content across the boundary is the reason why it is also called a dew point line.

    Dry lines often appear in central Texas where warm moist air front Gulf of Mexico meets warm dry air from the deserts to the west. This rapid change in moisture content across the boundary is the reason why it is also called a dew point line.

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  2. 2) If you see a _________ cloud formation, you know it's a sign of mountain wave turbulence.

    You will usually find standing lenticular clouds near the tops of mountains, however, you can find them many miles downwind from the mountain peaks as well. Flying into or around these types of clouds can be very turbulent.

    You will usually find standing lenticular clouds near the tops of mountains, however, you can find them many miles downwind from the mountain peaks as well. Flying into or around these types of clouds can be very turbulent.

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  3. 3) Cumulonimbus Incus, or an anvil...is formed how?

    The vertical development of thunderstorms is dependent on one main factor - the stability of the atmosphere. If the temperature of the air decreases quickly with altitude, then a thunderstorm will continue accelerating upwards. However, the tropopause, which separates the troposphere and the stratosphere, is characterized by a very stable lapse rate. This means the vertical development stops and the storm flattens out. The anvil portion is formed when the jet stream takes these flattened clouds and pushes them downwind from the storm.

    The vertical development of thunderstorms is dependent on one main factor - the stability of the atmosphere. If the temperature of the air decreases quickly with altitude, then a thunderstorm will continue accelerating upwards. However, the tropopause, which separates the troposphere and the stratosphere, is characterized by a very stable lapse rate. This means the vertical development stops and the storm flattens out. The anvil portion is formed when the jet stream takes these flattened clouds and pushes them downwind from the storm.

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  4. 4) What phrase is used to describe expansion cooling or compression heating?

    Adiabatic cooling occurs when the pressure of a parcel of air is reduced. The opposite occurs when a parcel of air is compressed - it will heat up.

    Adiabatic cooling occurs when the pressure of a parcel of air is reduced. The opposite occurs when a parcel of air is compressed - it will heat up.

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  5. 5) Microburst downdrafts can travel as quickly as ________ downward.

    If you are directly under the microburst, odds are you may have some trouble out-climbing the downdrafts.

    If you are directly under the microburst, odds are you may have some trouble out-climbing the downdrafts.

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  6. 6) What primarily determines the speed of a weather front?

    What drives fronts is dependent on the speed and direction of the jet stream or upper-level winds. If winds blow directly across the front (perpendicular to it), then you can expect them to move fast. If they move more parallel to the front, then you can expect the front to move very slow.

    What drives fronts is dependent on the speed and direction of the jet stream or upper-level winds. If winds blow directly across the front (perpendicular to it), then you can expect them to move fast. If they move more parallel to the front, then you can expect the front to move very slow.

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Corey Komarec

Corey is a commercial aviation student, CFII and commercial pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings at the University of North Dakota. Corey has been flying since he was 16, and he's pursuing a career in the airlines. You can reach him at corey@boldmethod.com.

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