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User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2146 posts, RR: 10
Posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5912 times:

ORD is currently at a standstill due to heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area. Tune into the Live ATC feeds for some entertainment Smile

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User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1464 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5904 times:

I was watching the Astros @ Cubs game on ESPN, rained out and they said there are tornado warnings in the area....must be pretty serious!

User currently offlineTOLtommy From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3288 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

Wow the radar looks ugly. ORD got whacked this morning. Rough day for everyone there!

User currently offlineMikelive From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5887 times:

So far the best response I've heard from ATC was:

"I've got the best view of anyone here at the airport and I'm not going anywhere."

... tornado warnings both north and south of the field .. I don't blame him, though, I wouldn't leave the tower for anything either.


User currently offlineFrequentflykid From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5858 times:

As of 8:20 Central the Cubs/Astros is only in a rain delay and has not been postponed yet.

User currently offlineOrdfrBdl From France, joined Aug 2007, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5811 times:

It's still a light and sound show in Naperville at 20:30 central ... they had a tornado warning over DPA airport earlier.

Something tells me ORD is as good as shut down for the rest of the night.... Must be interesting on the diversions board.



From CDG to BDL, now posting from between ORD and DPA...
User currently offlineAirJamaica From Jamaica, joined Aug 2006, 2511 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5758 times:



Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Thread starter):
ORD is currently at a standstill due to heavy thunderstorms and tornadoes in the area. Tune into the Live ATC feeds for some entertainment Smile

Thanks for the update. Tuning in right now. Good thing JM does not have a flight arriving there tonight. She would be in for a diversion/delay.



greenheart
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7447 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

United 559 had a nice ride.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL559

461 also!

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL461



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

I heard the sirens going off so me and granny headed to the basement with flashlights. It got very bad out here and there was an unbelievable light show outside. My grandfather got stuck driving outside and had to pull over. I called some co-workers at ORD and they told me everything had stopped and US had really long lines for re-bookings.

User currently offlineMSNtriathlete From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5629 times:

We got a few of the ORD diversions here in MSN, but mostly domestic stuff. Most of the international arrivals were probably on the ground before the weather went downhill.

User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

Both ORD and MDW have to be a mess right now. I was on my back balcony watching the line approach and about 10 minutes before all hell broke loose, I saw two WN flights book it off of 4L headed east over my house. I wish I had my camera out, the sight of the 737 departing with lightning not too far behind was pretty impressive.


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User currently offlineFlyinryan99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

I was out walking the dog and saw a 747 fly over the area and was wondering what was coming in as tonight isn't a regularly scheduled 747 night. Here's what I found:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/P...1/history/20080804/2238Z/KJFK/KTOL


User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 699 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5372 times:

Everyone is having horrible time today in the area. At one point the national ATC coordinators said that they were only able to land 15 aircraft during a certain hour at ORD with a ground stop the hour before and the hour after so very few planes were making it in or out. Good luck to all those agents in the Chicago region, you have your work cut out for you.

User currently offlineCsturdiv From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1446 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5337 times:



Quoting OOer (Reply 1):
I was watching the Astros @ Cubs game on ESPN, rained out and they said there are tornado warnings in the area....must be pretty serious!

Let me put it to you this way, I usually am not bothered by storms, but this one scared the hell out of me. Around 7:00 or so I was heading home from the grocery store and it was pouring. The sky was a very eerie greenish-black and I could've sworn that I saw a dark cloud fall out of the sky. Then as if it was even possible, it began to rain harder and I could not see anything on the road, other than the rain and the constant flashing of the lightning. I live out near Elgin and was listening to the Cubs game and it was not raining yet by the lake front. After a few minutes, I could not hear the announcers due to the rain pounding my car, the crashes of thunder and the tornado sirens going off. It was a crazy night and thankfully I didn't have to fly tonight.



Posting from somewhere between KORD and KRFD
User currently offlineBcoz From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5281 times:

I work in Evanston but live in Kenosha. I got home ahead of the weather and was just leaving dinner with a friend when the weather was rolling through.

Since I wasn't here at the time, I've been listening to the LiveATC ORD archives starting at 19:00 local (00:00Z) for the past few minutes. I've already heard a number of compliments passed the way of the ATC folks (in particular the Chicago TRACON folks).

Its good listening if you get the chance.

FWIW....up here just north of the Cheddar Curtain, we got a little bit of rain but a pretty good light show around 20:00 local.

Hope all our A.net friends in and around Chicagoland are doing ok tonight. ComEd was reporting 200,000 without power.

bcoz


User currently offlineElBandGeek From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 753 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5268 times:

At least the Cubs lost [/soxfanism]

This was seriously one of the more interesting weather experiences I've had. I caught the channel 9 news talking to folks at ORD and it looked like a mess. There were at least 2 different tornado cells (one of which I think went right over my house in the south subs). I didn't look like MDW took it as hard.....obviously plenty of canceled flights but I think the heavy stuff went around it.


User currently offlineComairGuyCVG From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 337 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Had a United 737 sitting on the taxiway at CVG for a long time. I noticed it sitting there around 9pm was was still sitting there when I left at 10. Then Freedom CXLD thier CVG-ORD flt 6211.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2871 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5134 times:

Just in...
A new cell has developed north of Downtown Chicago and is starting to move over ORD now (11:00pm CDT) Its severe again.

I'm here in Chicago on vacation. Never before have I seen storms like this. When the tornado warning was issued earlier everyone at O'Hare were apparantly brought down to the baggage claim areas and tunnel...

[Edited 2008-08-04 21:01:15]


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinePsyops From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5077 times:

I arrived in DEN about 8pm tonight, and the line up at the United customer service desk was down the concourse. I was wondering what was up.

User currently offlineMikey711MN From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1397 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5056 times:

Wow. ORD is right smack in the middle of a cell and no one is on approach. Plenty of flights circling to the NW near the WI-IL border. I wonder when/if they'll start diverting soon to places like MKE, RFD, MSN, or GRR.

Looks like a long night for all involved.

-Mike



I plan on living forever. So far, so good...
User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5031 times:

My grandparents have lived in Chicago for close to 40 years and have never heard tornado sirens before until tonight. I heard it with my air conditioner on. I went outside and said "granny, what is that"?? The neighborhood started to clear as everyone went inside. I turned on the radio and heard reports of funnel clouds and one just 8-10 miles from where I lived. The thunder was like something I never heard before so I knew something was up. But luckily there are no reports of touch downs. Fox News Chicago said winds got up to 70-90 miles an hour. The sirens were going all over the city!

Now a month and a half ago we had a tornado touch down in the south suburbs of Chicago and then this tonigh. That is two strikes hahahaha. Chicago has had a couple of strike across the bow this summer! I think the big one is coming. I always think the worst!

[Edited 2008-08-04 21:25:51]

User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4945 times:

Would ORD have so many WX delays if we all drove hybrids?  rotfl 

All joking aside I cant imagine the mess ORD, MDW, and the rest of the local controlling agencies have on their hands right now. These storms are just popping out of no ware and I'm seeing diverts to places all over the area. It even looks like GYY got action today.

Also if anyone have been watching the marathon known as the Cubs game, its good watching when the storms rolled through. Video of the sirens going off as the players leave the field is almost surreal.



To actively root against anybody is just low, and I hope karma comes back at you with a vengeance
User currently offlineZWZWUnited From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4876 times:



Quoting MSNtriathlete (Reply 9):
We got a few of the ORD diversions here in MSN, but mostly domestic stuff. Most of the international arrivals were probably on the ground before the weather went downhill.

What a/c were diverted? Any UAL mainline? Diversions always provide some excitement! I have to say though, I am SOOOOO glad I took today off!!! 5 of our 8 ORD flights were XXLD. I can only image the headache my coworkers faced!

~Tim  Smile



Drop it like its hott!
User currently offlineSkyrat From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4750 times:



Quoting United_Fan (Reply 7):
United 559 had a nice ride.

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/UAL559

Yeah they were up there for a long time. Gotta call from them saying they might drop in on us in FWA. But they somehow got into ORD.

From what we heard, the TRACON was evacuated.



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User currently offlineBcoz From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4570 times:



Quoting Tsaord (Reply 20):
My grandparents have lived in Chicago for close to 40 years and have never heard tornado sirens before until tonight.

I was talking to a number of people here at work this morning that were saying much the same thing.

The city took a lot of heat for a storm last August when the sirens weren't sounded (A storm that pretty much left Wilmette and parts of Evanston looking like a war zone). The emergency management folks claimed that the tornado warning was issued for "Cook County" and not the city.

The National Weather Service, as I recall, pretty much called them on it and said, "Uhhh, dude... Chicago is in Cook County last time I checked."

So, the city may have been a bit quicker on the trigger finger this time.

bcoz


25 BravoGolf : UAL766 SNA-ORD B752 diverted GYY landed 7:47pm to ORD 9:39pm.
26 Hiflyer : ORD has already had 2 ground stops this morning due to weather.....that has moved off the the east while another line passes 75 miles to the south....
27 AndyEastMids : Very VERY impressive storm it was last night at ORD. Dropped the rental car at 7:00PM in sunshine, and by the time I walked into the United RCC in C a
28 Csturdiv : To add insult to the injuries from last night's storms, it was very foggy this morning in the NW burbs of Chicago.
29 Tsaord : It was much appreciated. That storm got rather nasty and a tornado could have come down. There were funnel clouds so anything could have happened. I
30 JpetekYXMD80 : I was flying out of MKE at the time, and we got some diversions. Evergreen 742, AA MD80, B6 E190, AC 170, CO 735.
31 CcrlR : At least you didn't have to be taken to a sheltered area when the sirens were blaring. It was terrible and I heard the sirens too. Nice lightning sto
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