As a pilot, for me, the weather is the scariest thing I face when enjoying my hobby. It can be very unpredictable and it’s much easier to get yourself into a sticky situation than get yourself out of it. So over the years, I’ve taken some opportunities to better my knowledge.
This has included taking a two-part aviation weather course with Dr Simon Keeling. This taught me a lot and thereafter I started taking my own weather observations too.
I wanted to match what I was seeing on various charts to what I could expect to see out the window. To me, the best way to do that was to take a snapshot of what was out the window at the same time as what the charts were telling me.
Over the years I have built up quite a collection and it has come in handy many times and I’m hoping by sharing this, others will find it useful and interesting too.
Here are some examples of what you’ll find:
The images, unless stated otherwise, have been taken on the south coast of England in Hampshire. Please remember, this resource was intended for personal use only and is not intended as a training aid or otherwise.
You can download the whole pack of FREE weather observations for pilots here, as a PDF:
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Disclaimer: This article was written for information and entertainment only and was up to date at the time of writing. Please always ask a qualified instructor for more information and discuss airfield operations and the use of aircraft equipment with a suitably qualified person.