WeatherBug Schools Classroom Connections
Weather and Aerobatics — March 2011

Dear Educator,

We all need to be aware of the weather and to what is going on as we transition into spring—a prime time for unstable weather. Springtime brings warmer weather and as a result also brings severe weather. Severe storms develop when warm air from the lower latitudes clashes with colder air from the Polar regions. The warmer temperatures contribute to snow melt, which combined with severe storms and heavy rains increases flood risks. Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the United States.

Tornado Alley is active in the spring thanks to the perfect combination of cold, dry air diving south out of Canada and warm, water-laden air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico. The Rocky Mountains corral these two contrasting air masses and forces them into each other across the Plains. The resulting supercell storms can produce flooding rain, large hail, high winds and destructive tornadoes– all reasons to be vigilant and pay close attention to all warnings issued by WeatherBug and the National Weather Service.

View Weather & Aerobatics in WMVAirplane pilots especially need to be aware of the weather and forecasts to determine if the air is going to be suitable for flying. This is particularly true for aerobatics pilots who fly at unusual "attitudes" - see video to learn what that means.

You might have seen these daring aerobatic pilots at a local air show. Here's your chance to see them in action in this month’s Classroom Connections – Weather & Aerobatics. View video in Windows Media Player or in QuickTime.

Thanks for reading this month's issue of Classroom Connections. Please stay tuned for next month's issue when we investigate how weather impacts the game of golf!


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