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Can You Answer These 7 Instrument Weather Questions?

Weather is always a consideration on IFR flights. Can you handle these reports and forecasts? Find out!


  1. 1) You're climbing through 18,000 feet in your Boeing 747. According to this PIREP, what does it look like outside?

    According to this PIREP, skies are clear above 17,000 feet, and an overcast layer is below.

    According to this PIREP, skies are clear above 17,000 feet, and an overcast layer is below.

  2. 2) You're planning a flight from Louisville, KY to Nashville, TN at 1500Z, and you see that this AIRMET has been issued for your route of flight. What weather are you expecting for your flight?

    AIRMET SIERRA is forecasting ceilings less that 1000 feet and visibility less than 3SM.

    AIRMET SIERRA is forecasting ceilings less that 1000 feet and visibility less than 3SM.

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  3. 3) Why type of ice did this SR-22 pilot report in the PIREP?

    "/IC MOD CLR" means the pilot picked up moderate clear ice.

    "/IC MOD CLR" means the pilot picked up moderate clear ice.

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  4. 4) You're planning a cross-country flight from Great Falls, MT, to Miles City, Montana. What are the forecast winds at Great Falls (GTF) at 9,000 feet?

    "2722+10" means the winds are 270 degrees at 22 knots, and the temperature is +10 degrees C.

    "2722+10" means the winds are 270 degrees at 22 knots, and the temperature is +10 degrees C.

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  5. 5) What is the visibility forecast to be at 0500Z?

    Beginning at 0300Z to 0600Z, the visibility is forecast to be 1 1/4 statute miles.

    Beginning at 0300Z to 0600Z, the visibility is forecast to be 1 1/4 statute miles.

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  6. 6) How wide is the thunderstorm in this Convective SIGMET?

    "TS D30" means the thunderstorm has a diameter of 30 miles.

    "TS D30" means the thunderstorm has a diameter of 30 miles.

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  7. 7) If you were flying at 1100Z, what would you expect the sky to look like?

    Beginning at 0700Z, the clouds are expected to be broken cumulonimbus at 3000 feet.

    Beginning at 0700Z, the clouds are expected to be broken cumulonimbus at 3000 feet.

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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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