|Well Captain D took off that dorky hat that made me look like a "golf tee" and put on his weather hat.|
Actually meteorologists don't wear hats, but you know what I mean.
For over four hours I pounded the new hire class with meteorology.
I showed them weather reports are not in the same format around the world. What does 9999 mean for Heathrow's METAR? (Answer: unlimited visibility)
I showed them the device that measures RVRs is no longer a transmissometer but a forward scattered RVR sensor.
I asked them where are all aviation forecasts are written in Canada? No one knew, no one ever knows and to be honest no one cares. :))) It doesn't matter really. But in case you are wondering it's Edmonton, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec. Kansas city looks after most of the American cities.
We talked about the tropopause. Only two of the ten candidates ever penetrated the "trop."
One flew the B737 for Sunwing and the other...a business jet.
Then we chatted about jet streams. Minimum speed for it to be labelled a jet stream is 60 knots.
Turbulence. What is the difference between chop and turbulence? There are six different types of turbulence and one is man made - wake turbulence. What is the separation for a medium (A320) behind a medium (another A320)? There is none. One in the class knew this. I didn't until a few days ago.
Then it was significant weather charts, icing, volcanic ash, space weather, and weather websites.
A great bunch and I think they learned something.
Off on a four day mission tomorrow. I avoided four day pairings. How did that get there?
Oh well, Winnipeg here I come!