Added on: October 9, 2013
Areas of precipitation that are forecast along your propose route should get your attention. These are considered “hot spots” for concern and may add undo risk to the flight. While precipitation isn’t always problematic even to pilots flying under visual flight rules (VFR), adverse weather elements tend to hang in and around areas of precipitation; this includes thunderstorms, low IFR conditions and mountain obscuration, reduced visibility, airframe icing and turbulence just to name a few. So these precipitation areas are regions that pilots need to drill down a little deeper to determine what, if any, impact they may create on their planned flight. The Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) represents excellent guidance when planning a cross country trip, whether your flight is several hours or even several days in the future.