December 10 (Sat) 12:00pm Air Pressure, Winds, Air Masses and Middle-Latitude Cyclones

Event Date: 
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Many pilots have a love/hate relationship with the atmosphere.  We fly in it, riding its currents, consuming its gases, whenever the moisture level and winds allow.  But often serious atmospheric movements threaten us inflight, or keep us grounded when we want to fly.  The key is understanding what atmospheric conditions contribute to hazardous weather, so we can pick and choose when we go aloft.

San Carlos Flight Center invites back Certificated Ground Instructor and Weather Enthusiast Dave Kramer to share his latest research into aviation weather phenomena.  Our discussion begins with atmospheric pressure - what causes it and how we measure it.  What does it mean to have high pressure in one place and low pressure in another?  How are surface pressure changes related to pressure difference in the upper free atmosphere?  Dave will then show how atmospheric pressure is one of the drivers of air mass circulations in the atmosphere.  Finally, he will talk about fronts and air masses and their classification, the formation of middle-latitude cyclones, and how they are connected to the upper levels of the atmosphere.

If you’ve never attended one of Dave Kramer’s weather seminars, this is your chance.  You will leave with a better understanding of a pilot’s view of weather, and be better prepared for whatever the atmosphere throws at you.

This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit, click here to register.

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