When a center controller issues an advisory of “extreme precipitation” ahead, frustration or confusion may well come into play. All professional pilots have had the experience of being in day VMC when we get the call. Yet looking out the windscreen, it's clear that the weather is simply not a factor; often it's out there, but well below the aircraft. However, get that same call at night or in IMC, or both, and the warning can be downright unnerving. Being able to discern whether or ...


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