Winter precipitation types

The big freeze is coming!  So it’s that time of the year to review one important aspect of airframe icing, namely, precipitation type. The three basic wintry precipitation types include freezing rain (and freezing drizzle), snow and ice pellets (colloquially known as sleet). It’s important to understand that METARs and TAFs typically report or...

Convective outflow boundaries

When thunderstorms develop and evolve, their “exhaust” is cold dense air flowing down through the storm, striking the ground and moving outward away from the storm.  To better understand this, imagine pouring pancake batter onto a griddle.  The edge of that pancake is the outflow boundary which is essentially a gust front of sorts. ...

July 2018 SporkNews

If you are new to WeatherSpork, welcome to the family!  This e-Newsletter will be sent out at the beginning of each month to keep you updated on the new features and content provided by WeatherSpork.  We hope the app has made finding the most opportune time to depart a simple and easy process. The month...

Why you might get mid-morning bumps

Every once in a while you will see a pilot weather report of moderate or even severe turbulence one to two thousand feet above the ground with no obvious explanation of why.  It’s in the mid-morning hours, the winds aloft are not all that remarkable, there are no mountains or convection nearby and not...

A preview of WeatherSpork version 4.4.0…

As we’re putting the finishing touches on WeatherSpork version 4.4.0 here’s a 5 minute video preview of several new features that will be part of this release.  If you haven’t done so already, please take a minute subscribe to our YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/weatherspork) as we release new WeatherSpork videos. “Most pilots are weatherwise, but...

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