24: Weather & Wind
Jan 15, 2007 | Section V: Choosing Gear |
Clouds 101 |
You don't have to be a
meteorologist to manage a useful understanding of weather. Grasping micrometeorology,
however, is quite helpful. That is our focus. Chapter 7 covered the basics
of acquiring weather and what to look for while this gets more into the
meat of the matter. Even so it scratches the surface of what entire books
are written about. We concentrate on what is most useful specifically for
pilots of the world's lightest powered aircraft.
Some detail is included here
that may be of interest to free flyers who require rising air to stay
aloft. That is an entire pursuit of its own supported nicely by the USHPA.
The dust devil pictured right
is a sure sign of tumultuous air. It is common for soaring pilots to fly
in conditions that generate these but also incredibly dangerous.