Dtw757 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1624 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
You're asking a very complicated question there. In aviation, weather is a factor almost always. You learn more about the weather than you care to know if you ever get your pilot license, but a good portion of it is very useful.
There are so many different areas to learn about: Cloud types, icing, barometric pressures, isobars, dewpoint-temperature spreads, fogs, winds, and that is just the beginning.
If you are very interested in it, I know there are very helpful tools out there such as videos or interactive CD's for the computer that can help you learn all about it. King Schools offers some good ones. Hope this helped.
Bistro1200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 337 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
Here's a site to help you:
Air moves not only horizontally, but also vertically. The vertical motion is the primary reason for turbulence, the secondary being shear. Wind shear is when two "layers" of wind meet with different speeds and/or directions. Have you seen a place where two rivers meet, especially when one is going much faster than the other? That is the best analogy I can give. The area where they meet is very turbulent because of the difference in speeds.
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