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Weather: Spring 2007

By Paul Hesse (April 2007)

Thunderstorms, maybe hurricanes (hope not), haze, high density altitude, carburetor ice, radiation fog , poor performance and high engine oil temperatures all encompass our next four months of flying here in the southeast. Know how to get a great weather brief, know how to use flight service, flight watch and radar for those ‘pop up’ thunderstorms in the PM hours. We fly on/off our runway with less fuel, usually use runway 32 due its downhill slope and avoid runway 14 in the afternoon because of performance issues and trees. Watch the top of the trees for winds since our wind socks are low and do not tell the truth most of the time. Scanning is imperative in haze. AWOS/ASOS visibilities are normally bogus with haze/water vapor in the atmosphere. THINK and be wise about planning and going to the beach. Its about 150 miles of weather one must navigate coming home with those afternoon thunderstorms.