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Skew-T Weather Essentials Syllabus & Agenda

Posted by Scott Dennstaedt 
Skew-T Weather Essentials Syllabus & Agenda
June 28, 2011 10:25AM
Syllabus & Agenda

Even if you have attended a prior workshop offered by AvWxWorkshops.com, you won't want to miss this one. Skew-T Weather Essentials for Pilots teaches you how to use the Skew-T log (p) diagram in the context of other weather planning guidance. The focus will be on preflight analysis and learning how to minimize your exposure to adverse weather while gaining the most utility from your aircraft. This two-day workshop is accepted as part of the FAASafety.gov Wings Program.

For more information about this workshop, please read this overview and review the workshop FAQs prior to registering.

Syllabus & Agenda

The workshop will be organized loosely into four sessions, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Training is presented through using pertinent weather data captured prior to this workshop.

For more information about this workshop, please read this overview and review the workshop FAQs prior to registering.

Informal pre-workshop discussion begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday

This part of the workshop is optional. The workshop will open with an informal Q & A session for those that wish to attend. Feel free to come anytime after 9 a.m. if you want to ask any weather-related questions that does not have to be directly related to the workshop. Also during this time a demo of AvWxWorkshops.com will be offered. This will give members and non-members the opportunity to ask questions about how to get the most from AvWxWorkshops.com, your best online source for aviation weather education.

Saturday session begins promptly at 10 a.m. with lunch around noon

Weather Essentials for Pilots - Before any pilot can understand the impact the weather has on a particular flight, you must understand how to properly utilize various weather reports and forecast guidance while recognizing their inherent limitations.

(a) Introduction - The presenter of Skew-T Weather Essentials will be introduced. A brief overview will provide attendees with any logistical matters or concerns for the weekend. The workshop goals and agenda will also be outlined.

(b) Funnel approach to briefing - Using an approach that starts out by looking at the synoptic overview and then working toward finer details is a method used by most meteorologists when issuing forecasts. While there is no definitive way to do every preflight briefing, such an approach can be used by pilots as well to visualize the weather in four dimensions.

(c) Internet Wx Brief Roadmap - For the remainder of the workshop, many weather reports and forecasts found in the Roadmap will be highlighted as the Skew-T is discussed. Learning how to read each one of these is critical to piece together the story behind the weather that may affect your proposed flight. Not every weather product within the Roadmap will be useful or important on every flight. However, each one provides unique information that can highlight the location and timing of adverse weather.

(1) Precipitation forecasts - Precipitation areas provide hotspots for concern for pilots. Adverse weather occurs in and around areas of precipitation. Various precipitation forecasts will be covered that provide the best temporal and spatial resolution to determine the time and location of these areas of weather.

(2) Weather Prediction Center - The weather products from forecasters at the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) will be discussed. They produce several useful products to pilots to include the surface analysis chart, short and extended range prog charts, 6-hour Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts (QPF) and Probability of Precipitation (PoP) forecasts.

(3) Automated precipitation forecasts - Model-based forecasts can be very valuable to the pilot. These provide a very high temporal and spatial resolution for products such as the precipitation potential index and simulated reflectivity.

(d) An Introduction to the Skew-T log (p) Diagram - Thermodynamic charts such as the Skew-T log (p) diagram are clearly the best kept secret in aviation. It represents one of the most versatile power tools in the pilot's preflight planning toolbox. Specifically, the Skew-T log (p) diagram allows the pilot to “drill down” over a particular location to identify or describe adverse weather better in time and space than any other single chart or diagram available assuming you know how to unlock its plentiful secrets.

smiling smiley Lunch will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Session two begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday

Introduction to the Skew-T log (p) Diagram continued...

(1) The fundamental properties of air

(2) Radiosonde observations and the base Skew-T log (p) diagram

(3) Lapse rates, buoyancy and stability

(4) Dry and moist adiabatic lapse rates

(5) Parcel theory

(6) Stability indices - This discussion will be coupled with the thunderstorm outlooks and probability forecasts.

smileys with beer Session two will end on or before 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Session three begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday

Introduction to the Skew-T log (p) Diagram continued...

(7) Numerical weather prediction models and the RUC Soundings Java tool

(8) Cloud bases, tops and sky coverage - This discussion with be coupled with the Model Output Statistics from the GFS, LAMP and NAM.

(9) Temperature inversions - This discussion will be coupled with the LLWS, IFR conditions and mountain obscuration G-AIRMETs.

smiling smiley Lunch will begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday.

Session four begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday

(10) Airframe icing potential - This discussion will be coupled with the Lowest Freezing Level, Current and Forecast Icing Products, icing G-AIRMETs and icing SIGMETs.

(11) Turbulence potential - This discussion will be coupled with the Graphical Turbulence Guidance product, turbulence G-AIRMETs and turbulence SIGMETs.

sad smiley Session four will finish on or before 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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