WeatherWise is an entertaining book focused on insuring US pilots have a better understanding of the dynamic forces that genterate the various froms of weather they must cope with as an aviator.
Written in a conversational style and using real world scenarios combined with seasonal knowledge, it introduces a tecnique known as Nowcasting - a simple way to validate a weather forcast by comparing it to the weather a pilot is actually experiencing.
WeatherWise helps pilots develop this skill set so they can quickly determine if a forecast has been blown. (And early-on, when the forcast is first coming unraveled, is the very best time to go to plan "B" rather than waiting until things have deteriorated to the point where options are limited or non-existent.)
WeatherWise teaches the reader how to predict when conditions are right for severe thunderstorms and Tornados and provides suggestions on how to deal with them. And it provides guidance on identifying those times when discretion is the better part of valor.
It shows how winter storms are made, what the ingredients are for severe convective weather, and how to spot weather dangers early in the process before they become life-threatening.
Finally, WeatherWise reveals three sources of detailed information that supplement the FAA mandated Standard Weather Briefing (which is legally required, but woefully inadequate to help understand the atmospheric dynamics that are present or forecast to occur). These National Oceanic and Atmosphieric Administration (NOAA) sources are free and also tailor made for aviator use. It's almost like having a private aviation weather provider working to help a pilot safely complete their flight.
If a non-mathematical, entertaining approach to understanding the weather, coupled with real world tips on the common - and not so common - weather challenges is desired, all pilots should consider this book.
John Loughmiller is a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor with Single Engine, Multi-Engine and Instrument Airplane Ratings. He's a fromer FAA Accident Prevention Counselor and Lead Aviation Safety Representative. For many years an Associate Member of the American Meteorological Society, he has been flying General Aviation airplanes for 40 years.
He lives with his wife, Donna, in Northern Kentucky. WeatherWise is his third book.