93Sierra From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 480 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4248 times:
With the recent UA 777 DEN turbulence incident and apparently this WN diversion ( the article is pretty vague , checked flightaware but cant figure out where the flight diverted to, originally scheduled from Reno to Boise) is this a "rough time of year" with the jet stream and atmospheric conditions? Or am I just paying more attention to aviation news and read too much! Is there any data available to say when the highest reported number of diversions and/or pax injuries per month is? I was very surprised to hear of the UA flight on my car radio as I was driving home in the PHX area and came on as breaking news.
spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3993 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4077 times:
It's summer. Storm season in the midwest.
If you've never been there at this time of year, it can get downright apocalyptic. I'm sure those on this board who live out there will confirm. I am not afraid of driving in the rain, but the only time in my life I've ever had to pull over in a storm was driving through Nebraska when I literally could not see a foot in front of my car due to rain. I thought the rain was going to dent my car. Rain! Not hail. After the rain passed, I was able to see the lightning spidering through the clouds for hundreds of miles around. It was like being on the surface of Venus. Well, except for all the rain.
Edit: I should also mention that I remember this storm being at night... though it wasn't. It was just pitch black in the middle of the day.
I have also seen storm clouds out there that looked like they must have reached about 70,000 feet. Never underestimate the US midwest when it comes to storms. There's a reason why they call it "tornado alley".
[Edited 2010-07-22 12:17:48]
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