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Quiz: How Well Do You Know This Summer Weather?

The temps are heating up. Are you ready to fly through the weather that's coming with it?


  1. 1) You inadvertently fly underneath virga. What are you expecting to happen?

    If you fly underneath you'll most likely experience a downdraft.

    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) What cloud formation is this?
    FAA

    This is cumulonimbus mammatus. It's associated with severe turbulence, thunderstorms, and overall very bad flying weather.

    This is cumulonimbus mammatus. 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?

    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) The wind speed inside the vortex of a tornado can exceed:

    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
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    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, which is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a corona discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms). 

    That's St. Elmo's fire, which is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a corona discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms). 

    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
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    2. 2 - 5k
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    3. 2 - 6k
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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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