Tuesday, November 25
The Wonders of Weather Watching
By Brady Lane at 1:15 PM
Flight log to date Hours flown: 6.1 | Days since I started: 42 | Cost: $1,182.70
Jason and I wanted to get several flights in last week since we knew our schedules wouldn't align this week. Well, the weather didn't cooperate and kept us grounded. Instead we took advantage of the opportunity to do a little ground school on weather.
When he first showed me a METAR, my honest thought was, "Oh great, another language to learn." But after a few minutes, I realized these are really fun to decipher and they aren't hard at all.
In fact, today my wife and I drove across the country on our way to meet family for Thanksgiving and I thought it'd be fun to see what the weather was doing along our path. It was good practice and I'm already getting quicker at reading the METARs and TAFs, but the nice weather sure made me wish I was in the sky today.
KOSH 251953Z 29008KT 10SM CLR 01/M06 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP187 T00111056
KMSN 251953Z 30006KT 10SM FEW030 02/M06 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP192 T00171056
KSTL 251951Z 00000KT 10SM FEW250 06/M06 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP222 T00611061
KMEM 251953Z 30007KT 10SM FEW250 13/M03 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP228 T01331033 $
KLIT 251953Z 17005KT 10SM CLR 17/M01 A3019 RMK AO2 SLP225 T01721011
Hopefully the weather will be this nice when I return to OSH in a few days. I'm glad I've been practicing because Jason said from here on I would be responsible for checking the weather before each flight.
http://adds.aviationweather.gov offers numerous tools and resources. After spending a couple hours on the site, I feel I've only scratched the surface.
If there is a certain tool or resource you've found helpful, please share.