Fickle Weather

It has been just over a week since my last flight. I missed a couple lessons because of the cold weather. Last Thursday it was too windy for me to go out solo and too cold for dual landing practice. The winds were gusting to over 30 knots and the temperature was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit; which is the school’s cutoff for pattern work. Sunday I had other commitments and had to cancel. The weather wasn’t that good anyway.

Today, it finally warmed up to over 40. Unfortunately, along with the higher temperatures we are getting fog.

KUGN 121752Z 16004KT M1/4SM FG VV001 07/07 A2991 RMK AO2 SLP136 T00670067 10089 20056 58030

I am scheduled for another try at my long solo cross country on Thursday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time.

  • Jesse says:

    Pardon my ignorance, but why would temperature be a limiting factor for pattern work?

    Anyway, too bad about the lousy weather. I am glad to hear that you are getting closer. 🙂

    I’ve got a final stage check, and then checkride practice coming up myself.

    Looks like January is it for me! 🙂

  • Tom says:


    The way it was explained to me, it is because of the power changes that occur in pattern work. The engine heats up during the full power takeoff then, because of the cold outside temps, cools quickly as we make power reductions in the pattern. This heating and cooling is hard on the engine. The same applies to doing maneuvers, like stalls, that require power changes.

    Good luck with the final prep and check ride. Sounds like we will both be finishing up in January.


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