Do you know how to read a weather map? (synoptic chart)

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Posted 2/8/2013 by Scrapalotomous in NSBR Board
 

Scrapalotomous
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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:10:09 AM
I have never got beyond knowing that "H" means the weather will be OK and "L" means it will be colder. I can recognise a front on one as well.

My Dad can look at a weather map and know that is will be windy or cold or that a change will come soon.

I suppose those that use the water (sailing, fishing etc) or farmers would be more au fait than the general layperson.

If you can read one - how did you learn and why? Is it a dying art? Do we really need it in this digital age?


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Posted: 2/8/2013 2:31:57 AM
No I can't. I wait until they show the little symbols with the sun or rain ha ha.

My DH can read one. He watches the synoptic chart part of the forecast and then walks away. He instantly knows what all those swirls mean.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 6:56:18 AM
I can. Earth science including weather was a required science course in high school. I also work in science curriculum development, so I see a lot of it. DH is a pilot and sailor, so it comes naturally to him. I think it's just like reading topographical maps.

I bet there are tutorials on youtube or ehow.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:24:06 AM
Yes, I took a meteorology and climatology class in college.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:25:53 AM
yes...I grew up spending time in the outdoors.and my dad listened to the noaa weather forecast radio every morning...he still does..so I know a lot about the weather...both the maps, the technical discussions and also by observation...looking at what is going on in the sky.

when I was on a usfs fire crew, I took weather at a weather station for weeks, also did my own weather reports at a lookout....

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Posted: 2/8/2013 9:30:19 AM
Yes, I think everyone in Oklahoma can. We're raised on knowing what it will look like before a storm with tornadoes.

We're also very adept Radar watchers when the severe weather does hit.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:03:34 AM
Yes, because I took a meteorology course in college. I am a total weather geek. I love The Weather Channel


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Posted: 2/8/2013 10:25:31 AM
I also took Meterology and Climatology in college and was the Meterology lab assistant as a job as a senior. I also took a week-long summer course at the National Weather Service in Kansas City.

So, yes, I can read a weather map.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 6:40:25 PM

Yes, I think everyone in Oklahoma can. We're raised on knowing what it will look like before a storm with tornadoes.


That's interesting. I don't live in an area with extreme weather conditions. I had never thought of that as a reason to learn to read a weather map.


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Posted: 2/8/2013 6:49:43 PM
I remember they used to give weather maps out at the Burger Kings when I lived in Louisiana. You needed to track those hurricanes.

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Posted: 2/8/2013 7:13:07 PM
Not willingly, since I seemed to have all the teachers from 5th grade to 11th grade that LOVED weather.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:28:50 AM
Yep, have been a weather geek since the 4th grade!

I do use use the knowledge often. Constantly while I was in the USAF (related to my duties); and as someone that likes being outside, and still comfortable.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:37:06 AM
Yes. I also took meteorology and climatology in university. I'm a weather geek too


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:43:49 AM
I used to, but it's been so long (elementary and junior high) I don't remember much.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 9:50:44 AM
Yes. I'm an Aircraft Dispatcher and am required to read those charts daily.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:07:07 AM
Yes! I learned in Jr High (back in the dark ages), then again in private pilot ground school. I never did the flying portion because I am terrified on heights. (and the only reason I took the ground school was to make my hubby happy.)



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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:09:24 AM
No, but I live with a pilot. He'll read the map for me and then lecture on it's variables for an hour. I just listen to the weather guy on tv - it takes less time.


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Posted: 2/9/2013 10:16:38 AM
Another Pea here who is married to a pilot. He watches the clouds when we are traveling and can predict the weather ahead by the clouds.

Our meteorologist on the NBC station loves to explain the swirls. IIRC, the swirls represent barometric pressure, so it's a connect the dots line -- the pressure is the same along the line. So if the lines are close together, the barometric pressure is changing quickly -- expect high winds. High barometric pressure generally means good weather -- sunny and clear.

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Posted: 2/9/2013 11:57:20 AM

\We're raised on knowing what it will look like before a storm with tornadoes.

We're also very adept Radar watchers when the severe weather does hit.


Me too!
I can not say the say for the younger members of my family.


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