The Atmosphere
Movement in the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Stability
Localised Winds
Clouds
Fronts
Visibility and Fog
Aircraft Icing
Thunderstorms
Altimetry
Weather Reports and Forecasts
Practice Exam

Synoptic Charts

The synoptic chart gives a big picture overview of the weather situation, showing pressure distribution, fronts, weather systems etc. They can be an actual observation or a forecast.

In aviation, we mostly use synoptic charts showing the situation at surface level. However, synoptic charts are produced for various altitudes as well.

Click here to see the UK MetOffice synoptic chart.

Below is a review of some of the symbols on a typical synoptic chart: