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.


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