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The following live weather maps give an insight in th the weather we can expect in Zimbabwe. We can compare this to Metars, TAFs and realtime weather observations to get a better insight into the weather conditions we can expect
The predicted hight of the base of the cloud above the ground level.
VFR Minimums require a cloud base of at least 1500′ above ground level. this means that you should be avoiding any areas that are not green or grey.
You can also calculate the cloud base using the following formula:
These cloud types can be found from ground level to about 6,500ft above it. They include Stratus, Stratocumulus, and Nimbostratus clouds.
These are found between 6,500ft to 20,000ft above the land surface. Altostratus and Altocumulus are the cloud types found here.
High level clouds are composed of ice crystals and are generally found in altitudes of 16,000 feet or higher. These clouds are usually thin and wispy, and they appear white or light gray in color. Common types of high level clouds include cirrus, cirrostratus, and cirrocumulus.
A cloud that extends from the lower levels to a high upper level has significant vertical development. They form by thermal convection or frontal lifting, sustained by the powerful convectional current that holds and pushes the moisture in the clouds further upward. An example of a vertical cloud is the Cumulonimbus cloud.
Rain and Thunder
The predicted precipitation and thunderstomr distriution. By considering this together with the above cloud distribution you should have a good idea of where you want to fly.
Remember rain can significantly reduce visibility and result in loss of VFR minimums.