Take a look at this snapshot of the graphical AIRMET / SIGMET product from the National Weather Service’s Aviation Weather Center from yesterday evening, December 25, 2016.

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In Minnesota winters, there are just some days you don’t fly. Convective SIGMETs on Christmas are a sure sign of those days. If you’ve lost count, that’s six — yes, six — AIRMETs and SIGMETs overlaid on the map near our home, plus one PIREP of severe turbulence.

  • Icing AIRMET,
  • IFR AIRMET,
  • Turbulence (Low) AIRMET,
  • Turbulence (High) AIRMET,
  • Low-level wind shear AIRMET, and
  • Convective SIGMET (!!!)