It's a crummy day in Chicago. The winds are gusting, the clouds are low, it's cold and raining.
Did I mention it's windy? It's so windy that my office building creaks and groans with each gust of wind.
Of course, my first thought in weather like this "I wonder what it would be like to fly and land in this weather?"
Yup, I think about flying in challenging weather.
Of course, I would never take a small plane up in such extreme conditions. Why? The kinds of aircraft I can afford to fly don't stand a chance against Mother Nature's awesome power.
So instead, I'll download the latest weather on to my desktop flight simulator and I'll launch into the virtual skies in the safety and warmth of my home. It's not the same, but it's safer than real deal.