Class Cancelled Due to Poor Weather Conditions


I woke up at 6.00 am to a dark and dreary morning today (03/24/2012) and so I suspected that my class might be cancelled. However, I thought maybe the weather would improve by my 9.00 am flight lesson with Jeremy so I logged on to the aviation weather website to see what the forecast had in store for me. And here it is:

Text:

FM231500 VRB03KT 3SM BR VCSH BKN008 OVC015

Forecast period:

1500 to 1700 UTC 23 March 2012

Forecast type:

FROM: standard forecast or significant change

Winds:

variable direction winds at 3 MPH (3 knots; 1.6 m/s)

Visibility:

3 miles (5 km)

Ceiling:

800 feet AGL

Clouds:

broken clouds at 800 feet AGL
overcast cloud deck at 1500 feet AGL

Weather:

VCSH BR (showers in vicinity, mist)

As can be seen the weather is not conducive for flying. The visibility is good for VFR flying at 3 miles and for a change it’s very calm, hardly any wind at all. This hasn’t been the case for the past couple of weeks, at least on the days my flying was booked. But the cloud ceiling is only 800 feet, which is below minimum VFR requirements. So, I was expecting to go anyway hoping maybe Jeremy would do some Ground School, but at 8.06 am Jeremy called saying, “Tiger, did you take a look at the weather?” I replied that I had and said that it wasn’t good, then he proceeded to say, “Yes it’s poor. So did you want to cancel class, as I don’t know where you’re with Ground School? I had two other flights today but one cancelled and the other one has gone out of town for a wedding”. Realizing that Jeremy would have to come all the way from St. Cloud which is about an hour away just for me, and we would probably end up doing ground school anyway, I said, “Yes, let’s cancel then Jeremy and we always have tomorrow and then Sunday also”. “Okay, I’ll call the school and cancel then”, he replied. I said thank you and with that our conversation ended.

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