N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1571 posts, RR: 21 Posted (11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 9744 times:
I'm sitting here listened to the radio scanner and the winds tonight at DFW are remarkable. Anywhere between 270 and 280 degrees, with gusts to 44kt. The only runways in use are the 31s - I don't think I've ever seen this before. I've also heard recent microburst alerts advising of a 45-knot loss on a 1-mile final.
Traffic is backed up on the Alpha bridge in a giant conga line for departure on 31L. Tower seems to be doing an excellent job getting these planes in and out in such a strange and stressful situation.
METARS are crazy, with reports of blowing dust and reduced visibility...
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1571 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9636 times:
Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 1): We see weather patterns like this a dozen or more times a year.
That's no doubt true, but how often is the airport reduced to 31L and 31R only for an extended period? They've been unable to use the N/S runways for about 2 hours now due to the sustained wind speeds.
Several AA aircraft diverted to TUL, OKC, AFW...not a fun night at all.
Cathay 090 (B748F) just went missed due to a microburst alert - 45kt loss in all quadrants of the airfield. Looks like it's heading to IAH. Aircraft are starting to shut down on the taxiway, one after the other.
Acey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1448 posts, RR: 2 Reply 7, posted (11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 9455 times:
Up here in Western Illinois we're forecast to have 50mph winds tomorrow along with 5 inches of snow, give or take. Things are going to be interesting all over the place the next few days, I think. I know our DFW-MLI flight was canceled tonight along with a few others. What a bad time for travel disruptions! And I'm glad I have the next few days off work.
LoveJT8D From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 55 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9379 times:
I flew LAX-CLE last night (12/19) and we had a "massive" tail wind, the pilot told us. The flight was completed in 3 1/2 hours and shaved off 35 to 40 minutes of the normal flying time. In the winter months this seems to be common with the jet stream, however there was a large storm system that moved out of California a couple days ago. The winds at LAX were very gusty during takeoff. I'm assuming the same weather system gave DFW the strong winds.
Darksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1211 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8626 times:
Quoting N243NW (Reply 3): That's no doubt true, but how often is the airport reduced to 31L and 31R only for an extended period? They've been unable to use the N/S runways for about 2 hours now due to the sustained wind speeds.
In the six years I was at DFW, I'd say I saw that happen maybe about a dozen to a dozen and a half times. Of course, I wasn't at work every day, but it does happen from time to time.
Quoting LoveJT8D (Reply 8): The winds at LAX were very gusty during takeoff. I'm assuming the same weather system gave DFW the strong winds.
They sure were! When I got to work last night, the outbound traffic was taking some significant cross wind on take off. One of the Cathays and a few of the VXs rocked their wings a good bit just after liftoff, just from what I saw...
But it's been weird here the last few weeks anyway. Saw a UA 744 & a CZ A388 take off from 7L (well before the midnight turn-around) into the pattern over the last week or so.
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AAflyguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 355 posts, RR: 1 Reply 19, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6793 times:
SHV saw 7 DFW mainline diversions last night, and we found out why firsthand in the wee hours this morning when the system hit our area..WOW, it was fast moving, and hard hitting with winds and rain..and then, it was over!
LoveJT8D From United States of America, joined Sep 2010, 55 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4602 times:
Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 14): One of the Cathays and a few of the VXs rocked their wings a good bit just after liftoff, just from what I saw...
That explains the "swerving" during my takeoff. I flew UA Flight 753 departing at 11:12 pm, and noticed a lot of compensation "side to side" during the takeoff. I checked the flight info on flightaware and it shows we peaked out at 591 kts once we reached Chicago Center. Much of the flight at cruise was between 560 and 590 kts.
Dalavia From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 402 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (11 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4320 times:
I was QF8 out of DFW to SYD on 19th Dec. We were told before takeoff that the flight would need to divert to AKL for extra refuelling.
After boarding we sat on the plane for two and a half hours waiting for the local winds to die down so we could take off. We eventually took off at about midnight. After takeoff it was announced that everyone's luggage was left behind because otherwise the plane could not have taken off.
As a result of the lighter weight we didn't need to refuel in AKL after all. We arrived about two and a half hours behind schedule.
They had plenty of 'misplaced baggage' forms for us all to fill in on the flight, suggesting this is not an isolated occurrence. We were old that "all being well" (!!!) the luggage would be on the next days's flight - but because that flight will have to call into AKL for extra fuel, it will arrive about four hours behind the scheduled arrival time - "all being well".
25 DFWHeavy: Dalavia, Do you know which runway you took off from?
26 loggat: I landed at 2:45am this morning on 31R. Winds were still about 300@33G39. Wasn't too difficult though with the wind being down the runway and the gust
27 Dalavia: Sorry, it was too dark to see. All I know is that it was a very long taxi (about 10 minutes). Apologies for the vagueness; normally I could have answ
28 ATA L1011: This has happened often with this flt in normal conditions.....The wrong equipment for that FLT, as it is pushing the 744ER to its limits. A friend o
29 Dalavia: Yes, I agree. Or an A345. Or an A388. I cannot understand why QF postponed those A380s as they would have made this a viable route. Alternatively the
30 N243NW: From the looks of it on Flightaware, the flight used 31L.
31 Dalavia: When I spoke (again) this morning with the baggage services people to find out when my luggage might arrive, I was told that all the luggage had to b
32 rfields5421: Well, the winds took down another 40 feet of my backyard fence. Thought that wouldn't happen til April or May. Fun weekend of work putting it back up.