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Severe Lightning/T'Storms Over/around IAD  
User currently offlinecapitalflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 347 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 4 months 5 days ago) and read 1557 times:

IAD is currently experiencing extremely heavy rain, frequent lightning, small hail. Have heard of one diversion to Harrisburg already due to low fuel.

When would they evac tower (if ever) for lightning?

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User currently offlineUALFAson From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 741 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

I doubt that they would ever evacuate a tower for lightning. Towers get evacuated during tornadoes.

Lightning is more of a danger to the ground crews. They can't be out on the tarmacs and aprons when there's lightning, which is why airports will often implement a ground stop if there's lightning in the area, even if there's not heavy rain or other quote-unquote "severe" weather that's immediately visible to frustrated passengers.

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User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1160 times:

There were a number of diversions to MDT today. There were still four on the ground at 9PM.

User currently offlinecapitalflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 347 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

Looks like a whole bunch more went to BWI for probably most flights coming from overseas or east of the system (a BAW flight went there, is currently enroute for the unusual BWI-IAD 777 flight) and PIT for the others.

More to come again tomorrow. Quite a mess!

[Edited 2011-08-18 21:19:38]

[Edited 2011-08-18 21:20:08]

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