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Overheard in IFR Magazine's 'On the Air' Section
Overheard in IFR Magazine's "On the Air"

Going from Virginia to Houston, Texas, I was diverting north of Memphis, Tennessee to get around a big storm front which was moving across the country. I planned a fuel stop at Jackson, Tennessee (MKL) and was on the back side of the front with just light rain ahead of me. As always, I tried to call with a DTN screen in front of me for the big picture. This occurred on the phone during a weather briefing with FSS:

"N12345, IFR flight plan: MKL, PBF, direct HOU. (West, then southwest.)"

"O.K. Lots of weather. Big storms ahead of you."

"Well, I'm looking at the DTN screen, and the radar shows those storms to be behind me with just light rain and then improving weather."

"Hmmm you're right; storms behind you."

I was thinking, "Oh, boy, just what I need a dyslexic weather briefer."

The rest of the trip went well ... .

Ed Hendee
Houston, Texas

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