February 17, 2015
Kansas was nasty today. A cold front was rolling from the north, and it is entirely different in Kansas. In New Mexico, a cold front is associated with a weather system, and it separates cold and warm air masses, both of which rotate around the system's center. All it is, some high clouds and the wind. Here, however, the front separates the cold mass that presses down south from the Canadian bag of ice. It pushes a layer ahead of it, then thicker clouds and snow at the trailing edge. Ugh.
I took off before the onset of the front, then raced around the face of the layer towards southwest. I heard someone reporting rime ice on the way down to Wichita, and a Cirrus picking a pop-up IFR plan. It wasn't a place for me.
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