Quiz: Reading Pilot Weather Reports

Aviation weather reports are simply conditions in the atmosphere that are observed at a specific time. These reports create a snapshot for pilots to understand what weather to expect during takeoff, cruise, and landing.

Knowing how to find, read, and interpret the multiple sources of weather information is crucial to the safety and success of every flight. Use this quiz to test your pilot weather report understanding.

1. Which of the reporting stations have below VFR weather?
1. Which of the reporting stations have below VFR weather?
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2. The base and tops of the overcast layer reported by a pilot are
2. The base and tops of the overcast layer reported by a pilot are
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3. Absence of the sky condition and visibility on an ATIS broadcast indicates that
3. Absence of the sky condition and visibility on an ATIS broadcast indicates that
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4. What are the wind conditions at Wink, Texas (KINK)?
4. What are the wind conditions at Wink, Texas (KINK)?
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5. According to this PIREP, if the terrain elevation is 1,295 feet MSL, what is the height above ground level of the base of the ceiling?
5. According to this PIREP, if the terrain elevation is 1,295 feet MSL, what is the height above ground level of the base of the ceiling?
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6. For aviation purposes, ceiling is defined as the height above the Earth's surface of the
6. For aviation purposes, ceiling is defined as the height above the Earth's surface of the
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7. In the METAR for KLAX, what does 'BR' stand for?
7. In the METAR for KLAX, what does 'BR' stand for?
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8. What is the status of the front that extends from Nebraska through the upper peninsula of Michigan?
8. What is the status of the front that extends from Nebraska through the upper peninsula of Michigan?
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