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Icing Assessment Using Soundings and Wind Profiles

Icing Assessment Using Soundings and Wind Profiles

Icing Assessment and Forecast Tools will be a series of short Web-based lessons that demonstrate the use of various diagnostic tools to evaluate atmospheric parameters pertinent to icing type and severity. These lessons will expand upon concepts and methods introduced in the Web-based module Forecasting Aviation Icing: Icing Type and Severity by providing in-depth demonstration and intensive practice. To determine icing type and severity for various areas and levels in the synoptic and mesoscale environment, forecasters must be able to infer likely cloud composition, phase transitions, and other icing factors through analysis of all appropriate and available data sources. Among these, skew-T diagrams and wind profiles can be especially useful tools for diagnosing airmass characteristics, cloud layers, and possible aviation icing layers. By learning how to assess the icing environment with these tools, meteorologists can improve their aviation forecasting skills. Icing Assessment Using Soundings and Wind Profiles, along with the other tools-focussed modules in this professional competency unit, will help less experienced aviation forecasters gain more familiarity with the icing...


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