Posted by: John | September 3, 2013

Dashed Line

In my forty plus years of flying, I’ve tried to learn as much as possible about weather. I learned early on to look at a map and see the Cold fronts with their icy triangles, the Warm fronts with their toasty humps, and the stationary and occluded fronts with both humps and triangles. I learned the acronym COWS (Cold, Occluded, Warm, Stationary) as a reminder of the intensity of the weather.

But lately, the “trough aloft” has crept onto the weather map. Whenever I see the weather turning to crap, I look on a map and see a sneaky dashed line, often with a “L” attached. That’s the bad guy right there.

Oh well. Nothing lasts forever, not even shitty weather.


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