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

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Understanding weather is one of the most important parts of being a pilot. How much do you really know about it?


  1. 1) What height are the clouds in this observation?
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    METARs report clouds in hundreds of feet AGL. In this example FEW015 means few clouds at 1500' AGL.

    METARs report clouds in hundreds of feet AGL. In this example FEW015 means few clouds at 1500' AGL.

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  2. 2) What type of precipitation should you expect on the 15th at 0800Z?
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    From 0600Z-1100Z on the 15th, VCSH are forecast, or showers in the vicinity.

    From 0600Z-1100Z on the 15th, VCSH are forecast, or showers in the vicinity.

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  3. 3) What altitude(s) did the pilot experience turbulence?
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    Turbulence was intermittent moderate from 170-210, or 17,000 feet to FL210.

    Turbulence was intermittent moderate from 170-210, or 17,000 feet to FL210.

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  4. 4) What are the forecast winds for Great Falls (GTF) at 30,000'?
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    You subtract 50 from the first two digits, add 100 to the second two digits, and you get 220 degrees at 112 knots.

    You subtract 50 from the first two digits, add 100 to the second two digits, and you get 220 degrees at 112 knots.

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  5. 5) When are the strong surface winds expected to end in Kentucky?
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    Strong surface wind conditions are expected to end by 17Z.

    Strong surface wind conditions are expected to end by 17Z.

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  6. 6) How wide is the thunderstorm?
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    The thunderstorm is 30 miles wide (D30).

    The thunderstorm is 30 miles wide (D30).

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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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