Cool but not cold
(newcastle, NSW, Australia)
Definitely cold here!
I have experienced cold, but not the true, bone-deep, cold of a Canadian winter. I lived on a boat in London for a year, and although people always say "that sounds really great", it was only great some of the time.
In summer it was warm, but not too bad. Being right on the water meant that any breeze cooled the air
. In winter, the paucity of insulation really kicked in. When the thermometer dropped below freezing, two doonas and a sleeping bag was barely enough!
It was at times like that that I could have used some weather reports similar to those described in the article - if I knew ahead of time how cold the night was going to be, I could turn up the heater in preparation. One night it snowed and the water on the pier formed black ice - I almost fell in the Thames when I stepped on it!
I like your article, it explains the technical terms pretty well, but the writing seems a little stilted. Is English your first language?
I would be interested to hear how the information provided by weather stations is used by air-controllers - how do they interpret the information so as to be able to give advisories to aircraft? Or are pilots alwasy given the information directly? Are generalised warnings issued by control towers if there are specific hazards in their area?Barry's Response
- That'd be a chilly place to spend the winter. Experience Canada for yourself. Thanks, Sandra.Search
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Your description of the bone-deep cold you encountered on your boat in London paints a vivid picture of what living in a cold Canadian winter can be like.
It's understandable that accurate weather reports would have been helpful during those freezing nights. How do aviators use this info?
- Air-traffic controllers and individuals alike rely on weather stations for valuable information about temperature fluctuations. To make air travel safer and more efficient, they use this official data.
- Meteorological services, which operate stations near airports, provide real-time weather info to air traffic controllers. With this information, they can assess current weather conditions and anticipate any potential hazards. The meteorological staff interpret the data to provide pilots with weather advisories, such as noteworthy wind patterns, temperature changes, visibility conditions, and storms or fog. These conditions may require additional attention during flight procedures.
- Pilots also have access to weather reports and forecasts, but air-traffic controllers relay vital information
to them in real-time. Pilots can be aware of any hazards or changes in weather conditions that could affect their travel. Control towers can also issue warnings if specific hazards are identified in their areas.
- Maintaining aviation safety and efficiency requires coordination between air traffic controllers, meteorological services, and pilots. By checking weather reports and getting real-time updates, pilots can make informed decisions about their flight paths, altitudes, and potential deviations.
To put it simply, weather stations provide the foundational data for weather reports and forecasts
used by air-traffic controllers. Pilots use weather information to navigate while mitigating weather-related risks by using information collected from weather stations. Collaboration amongst the entities listed helps keep aviation safe.