A new book, “WeatherWise — Forecasting and Nowcasting for General Aviation Pilots,” is now available.
Published by TSGPress, the book focuses on ensuring general aviation pilots have a better understanding of the dynamic forces that generate the various forms of weather they must cope with as an aviator, according to the publishers.
Written in a conversational style and using real world scenarios combined with seasonal knowledge, it introduces a technique known as Nowcasting, a way to validate a weather forecast by comparing it to the weather a pilot is actually experiencing.
WeatherWise helps pilots develop this skill set so they can quickly determine if a forecast has been blown — and early-on, when the forecast is first coming unraveled, is the very best time to go to plan “B” rather than waiting until things have deteriorated to the point where options are limited or non-existent, the publishers note.
WeatherWise teaches the reader how to predict when conditions are right for severe thunderstorms and tornados and provides suggestions on how to deal with them.
It shows how winter storms are made, what the ingredients are for severe convective weather, and how to spot weather dangers early in the process before they become life-threatening.
Finally, WeatherWise reveals three sources of detailed information that supplement the FAA mandated standard weather briefing. These National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sources are free.
The book was written by John Loughmiller, a commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor with single engine, multi-engine and instrument ratings. He’s a former FAA Accident Prevention Counselor and Lead Aviation Safety Representative. For many years an Associate Member of the American Meteorological Society, he has been flying general aviation airplanes for 40 years.
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