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Big Storm On The West Coast  
User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6143 times:

Well here in the SF bay area we have had a pretty nasty series of storms hit over the past couple of weeks, today's storm was one of the worst. Here's a couple pics I took at my house this morning.



As for the airports...

Due to WEATHER/LOW CEILING / WIND, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 48 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".

Delays by Destination:
Due to WEATHER/WIND, departure traffic destined to Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA (OAK) will not be allowed to depart until at or after 9:59 am PST.

http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

And...
San Francisco
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING
FLOOD WARNING
HIGH WIND WARNING
URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY

That's whats happening out here, I'll try to keep updating as the day progresses.

Aaron


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

Quoting Freedomtofly (Thread starter):
I'll try to keep updating as the day progresses.

Perhaps the start of El Nino? If so, you'll be in it for a while. As a side note I get a kick out of folks from California that think this type of weather is abnormal. Come visit the South where thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rains, and flash floods are commonplace. At least we have the brains not to live where the ground shakes.  biggrin 



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6092 times:

There is a strong cold front moving through the area, which is causing the extremely gusty winds and rain; otherwise, the winds have been favoring the 19's for a few days now.


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User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Come visit the South where thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rains, and flash floods are commonplace. At least we have the brains not to live where the ground shakes.

Lol hey we really don't get earthquakes that often, and if we do they are usually mild. I definately do want to move someplace else in the U.S. as the weather out here is boring, but on occasion we get storms like this and I can't help but get excited.



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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

They just switched to the 28's. Hopefully the arrival rate will get better as well.


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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5976 times:

Quoting Freedomtofly (Reply 3):

Lol hey we really don't get earthquakes that often, and if we do they are usually mild. I definately do want to move someplace else in the U.S. as the weather out here is boring, but on occasion we get storms like this and I can't help but get excited.

helps my lawn get greener... biggrin 

that being said, the weather has been a bit off the past few days...but its a nice change...certainly better than ORD where I'm originally from, so I'm certainly not complaining.....

I was planning on going spotting this morning, then head to The City to meet some other A.netters for New Years, but I think I'll just out rather than spotting..certainly not the best day for a spot.... no 



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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6086 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5946 times:

Well I may actually try to fly up to OAK from SNA today. But if ATC delays are to bad, I may scratch those plans.

ASLAX



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User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5923 times:
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That storm is hit the SEA area yesterday, but not nearly as strong...just a lot of rain. All that rain means a lot of snow in the mountains!

What kind of wind gust were you guys getting down in the Bay Area?


User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5917 times:

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 7):
What kind of wind gust were you guys getting down in the Bay Area?

Anywhere from 40-65 mph i'm guessing, i mean the house was shaking and rain came under the windows into the house, the table shattered, the chairs were blowing, it was pretty windy lol.

Aaron



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User currently offlineHiflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2165 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5807 times:

Trailing edge of your storm this morning already down in the SAN area...however look WNW....next one tomorrow supposed to be stronger and bit more southerly.

User currently offlineVegasplanes From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 778 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

Here in LAS it's starting to get over-cast with some winds moving in, they think it will get stronger yet than die out in the middle of the night, not good weather for the fireworks that are planned on the Strip.

User currently offlineAmhilde From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 643 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5771 times:

Weve got a mess here in RNO- the Truckee is over the banks and is apparently flooding parts of downtown where they have some of the bridges closed. Parts of Sparks are flooded out and one street has raw sewage flowing in it. I80 is closed at Floriston on the border and will be for up to two days, while Mt Rose is closed due to a mud slide and US 395 into Reno is also presently closed. They are telling us the snow levels are going to start dropping in a few hours yet- well see.

I got home last night about 8 and the boards at the airport were showing quite a few delayed/cancelled flights that were coming from California- especially the UA flights from SF and LA. My friend picked me up and we went to dinner and were going to go to a movie downtown but got coffee instead and marvelled at how high the river was- must be a lot higher by now! There were tree stumps and tree bits floating on through. The winds kicked up for a little bit here, but have calmed down

Isnt there another storm due in on Sunday?



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User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 836 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5735 times:

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 5):
certainly not the best day for a spot

Oddly enough, the sun has been shining brightly here in SF this afternoon (12/31) but it was storming heavily last night.

Let's hope the weather holds out for tonight's A.net New Year's Eve gathering...


User currently offlineWedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5890 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5729 times:
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Looking at the west coast satellite, it looks like the next storm is aiming for Portland/Seattle area.

User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Perhaps the start of El Nino?

It is looking as if the coastal waters are a few degrees to cold for this to happen. Also down here in L.A. we have had some crazy surf...I am talking 8-11 feet in some areas, its wild. All we are seeing down here is consistent rainfall that is not supposed to let up for until late Monday. I wish all of you up in SFO good luck!


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5655 times:

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 13):
Looking at the west coast satellite, it looks like the next storm is aiming for Portland/Seattle area.

I've been on vacation in the PDX area for a week now, and wow...we've had steady rain nearly all day, every day. Several of the creeks and rivers are at or near flood stage now.

We lost our power Christmas morning around 3am, and didn't get it back until about 3:30pm that day. We had to cook our Christmas dinner on the woodstove!


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9488 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5623 times:

I flew in this morning into SFO on an Air New Zealand 747. There was quite a bit of turbulence in the holding pattern for SFO. The captain came on and said that the winds were very close to the maximum crosswind limits and told us that we might have to perform a go around if it was bad and also that there was the possibility of a diversion if the weather stayed bad. We did fortunately make it in, but the pilots were definitely working the plane hard on final approach.

I heard some disaster stories about passengers on UA's SYD-SFO flight. They were in a holding pattern for a long time and were in some pretty rough turbulence. Apparantly the cabin crew had to be seated for a while and passengers were throughing up left and right and there were not an adequate number of air sickness bags! I am glad the NZ pilots managed to keep us in some smoother air.

Overall UA seemed to have all of its flights delayed by one or two hours out of SFO. Not a good day at all!



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User currently offlineBridogger6 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 710 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5574 times:

We had diversion to SMF today of a flight going PHXRNO and just got word that we diverted ORDLAS, it's now coming in here to PHX.

User currently offlineLeamside From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 444 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5273 times:

Today is one of the rare days when I observed planes taking off from all four runway directions: 10, 19, 01 & 28!

Love the storms due to the possibility of seeing something exciting & new.

And oh, hearing the chatter about gusts & windshear alerts make it all the more exciting!


User currently offlineQQflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2264 posts, RR: 13
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

I'm here in South Lake Tahoe and the weather has been on the news all day. It's not often Reno TV stations are live all day with breaking news. Reno was indeed under water, but that is slowly dissipating. There was some worry the pond at the Reno Hilton would over flow and flood the airport (RNO), which is exactly what happened New Year's Day 1997. Although nowhere near the extend of the floods of 1997, there is widespread flooding in the Reno/Sparks, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville areas.

As for the lake itself, we've gotten little snow here the past week, however we have received tons of rain... ten inches yesterday in the Sierra Nevada. TEN INCHES! Too bad it wasn't snow.

As for the winds, that's been the biggest story affecting aviation. Winds earlier in the day were sustained at 117 mph over the crest of the eastern Sierra Nevada with gusts to 176 mph. Extreme winds to say the least. It's not too often you see category three winds without a tornado being involved. It's been quite the day. Fortunately, the rain has dissipated and what's left has turned to snow, so the flooding should begin subsiding.

For pictures of the flooding, go to http://www.rgj.com .



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User currently offlineAussieA346 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4869 times:

Well its 45c/113F in Sydney today......Only probs at SYD is melting tarmac.  Cool

User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4786 times:

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):
I am glad the NZ pilots managed to keep us in some smoother air.

Luck. On two of my three legs in/out of SFO today the passengers were hurling. The last leg (sans vomit) occured when the weather had started to calm down significantly.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):
Overall UA seemed to have all of its flights delayed by one or two hours out of SFO.

Unavoidable when the aircraft gets delayed by flow control. It wasn't all flights, and United handles it fairly well considering.



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User currently offlineSevenforeseven From France, joined Nov 2005, 164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

You Yanks keep driving arpound in Hummers and NOT US attitude towards Kyoto then SO WHAT!!!!!

User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5970 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

Quoting Ralgha (Reply 21):
On two of my three legs in/out of SFO today the passengers were hurling.

So you're one of the guys who called.  Wink



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User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

I agree with sevenforseven. Look at the current state of the world's weather. Do you think that it is trying to tell you something?

Gerry


25 ODwyerPW : Thank you 7foreskin7. I drive an auto that gets very good MPG and I combine my errands to avoid excessive travel. But hey, nothing like a Frog vs. Yan
26 Post contains links Hiflyer : Hang On California Here comes round 2 and the big stuff right now looks to be coming in around SBA per radar...not good for former fire burn areas and
27 DeltaGator : Housewives driving around in Hummers is one thing but has nothing to do with the weather. Kyoto is a bad treaty that does nothing but punish develope
28 Post contains images Ralgha : Actually I did call, but only to volunteer for ready reserve since I was sitting on my butt anyway waiting for my delayed deadhead home!
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