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Meteorology – Pilot Rating

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Meteorology. You should know: 

  • understand the relationship between wind direction and areas of high and low pressure
  • be able to describe in detail a cold front and a warm front (typical clouds, conditions, pressure changes, wind changes)
  • be able to identify some common high, medium and low cloud types, and give their approximate heights
  • fully understand convection (the birth and development of a thermal, through to plotting the progress of a thermal given the ELR and initial temperature)
  • understand, and be able to define and use, meteorological terms such as stability, instability, veer, back, ELR, DALR, SALR, tephigram, anabatic, katabatic
  • be able to describe the usual conditions associated with high- and low-pressure weather systems
  • understand the causes of: valley winds throughout the day, sea breezes and sea-breeze fronts, wave lift, fog (of various types)
  • fully understand and be able to interpret a pressure chart – to the extent of being able to describe the current weather at selected locations, and to forecast likely changes
  • have a knowledge of common cloud types and what they signify.

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