Added on: January 11, 2011
1 hour and 10 minutes
A good estimation of the cloud tops is like the finest gold, especially for those pilots flying under instrument flight rules (IFR) during the cold season when structural icing is a real threat. Many pilots struggle to find a reasonable estimate of the vertical extent of the clouds primarily because there are very few weather products that clearly depict the height of these tops. Unless there are many recent PIREPs along your proposed route of flight, actual cloud top heights must be inferred by examining and often integrating several specific weather sources to include radiosonde observations, forecast soundings and analyses, VAD wind profiles and infrared satellite images. Even then, there is no guarantee you will have the right answer with any certainty. In this program, you will learn how to estimate the vertical extent of most cloud tops.
This premium workshop includes the following eight (8) training modules:
1. An overview - quantifying uncertainty
2. Pilot reports (PIREPs)
3. Radiosonde observations (RAOBs)
4. Forecast soundings and analyses
5. VAD Wind Profiles (VWPs)
6. Color-enhanced infrared satellite images
7. Stratocumulus clouds
8. Why not echo tops?
*Please note that this program is no longer available on CD-ROM. It can only be purchased for online viewing which requires an Elite member account. If you are not an Elite member of AvWxWorkshops.com and would like to purchase this workshop, you will get a free 7-Day Elite membership to view the program. This also provides you with access to 80+ basic workshops and seamless access to the Internet Weather Brief Roadmap, a suite of weather briefing guidance unlike any other available online. If you choose not to renew your Elite membership, you will be able to login and retain access to this workshop to view as often as you'd like.