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ANC Airport Closed Due To Winds...

Thu Mar 13, 2003 7:28 pm


Just home from a crazy night at work...Hearing of gusts up to 100mph at the tower. All flights after 8pm diverted to FAI or ENA...Amazing stories from the pax of the last flight in tonight. Lots of debris flying from the roof, including satalite dishes...Windows blowing out.....Crazy times here in ANC...Heres the story...


Gale-force winds rip through Anchorage, close airport

Steve MacDonald and Meghan Waller

Anchorage, Alaska, March 12 - High winds toppled trees, knocked out power, ripped off roofs, broke windows and generally caused havoc in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley on Wednesday evening, as winds gusted well over 50 mph.

Stevens Anchorage International Airport closed Wednesday evening, and all incoming flights are being diverted to Fairbanks. Passengers are being turned away from the terminals until further notice.
At least one small plane was reported overturned, and owners are warned to be sure their aircraft are tied down.
A wildfire closed the Glenn Highway near the state fairgrounds in Palmer, and traffic was being rerouted.
Police were warning people to stay out of downtown Anchorage because of the danger of flying glass and other debris. It appeared most people were taking their advice because city streets Wednesday night looked like a ghost town. The few people who were out were running for cover.
"We've lost a couple of large plate glass windows from some of the businesses down here," said APD Lt. Caroline Stevens, sitting in her patrol car about 9 p.m. "There's so much debris flying around that we actually lost a patrol car, it's out of service right now because it had a windshield broken out. So it is dangerous to be out here right now."
It also could be dangerous to be inside. The fourth floor of Duke's Eighth Avenue Hotel was evacuated after the roof was torn off and the front glass door blown out and side windows smashed by the force of the wind.
"I've seen the wind before and a lot of alarm calls, but not to this extent, this much damage at one time," said Lt. Stevens. "Stay well-covered, shelter your faces, your eyes because we do have so much debris blowing around. Probably the damage that you'll see is abrasions to the eyes. There's glass in the air, there's volcanic ash in the air that's left over from last year. There's a tremendous amount of dirt because it's so dry right now."
Police said power lines were arcing throughout the Anchorage Bowl. They warn people that if power lines fall on your car, do not attempt to get out of the car.
Among other problems caused by the winds were health alerts and fire warnings.
The strong winds forced the Department of Environmental Conservation to issue an air quality advisory today for Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley and the Kenai Peninsula.
An emergency room doctor at Alaska Regional Hospital said there was an increase Wednesday afternoon in cases of people suffering from respiratory ailments.
"We're also looking at volcanic ash that's left over from a few years ago. It's stirring around," said Dr. Don Hudson. "Some of the road dust is certainly out and about, and we're seeing a lot of that. And, of course, obviously all the virus and bacterial particles that are normally out and about this time of year are also being thrown into the mix."
Wednesday evening, the temperature was 6 degrees but the wind chill made it feel like 20 below.
The National Weather Service also declared a red flag fire warning Wednesday. The high winds, coupled with low humidity and dry conditions, have created a wildfire danger. The Anchorage Fire Department has banned all outdoor fires.
Several wildfires broke out Wednesday on the Kenai Peninsula, the worst of them a 30-acre blaze that scorched an area about 10 miles north of Anchor Point. Officials said high winds were helping spread those blazes, and the dry grass and beetle-killed spruce trees were providing lots of fuel.
Some people have been evacuated from subdivisions in the fire's path. Crews from Homer, Ninilchik and Anchor Point were battling the main blaze, which burned out of control several hours Wednesday afternoon, but by evening seemed to have been stopped at a road.
Gusts are expected to tape off Thursday to 25 to 30 mph, but no real relief from the winds is predicted until Friday night
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RE: ANC Airport Closed Due To Winds...

Thu Mar 13, 2003 11:58 pm

Here are the last 24 hours of obs. Peak wind gust 62 kts = 71.4 mph. Looks like they are having some fun. Can we say kite flying weather!!!

PANC 121353Z 36012G19KT 10SM CLR M09/M22 A2969 RMK AO2 SLP056 VIS LWR NE-SE DUE TO BLDU T10941217=
PANC 121453Z 02015G23KT 5SM BLDU CLR M09/M25 A2967 RMK AO2 PRESRR SLP049 T10941250 56020=
PANC 121553Z 02015G25KT 6SM BLDU CLR M09/M24 A2961=
PANC 121653Z 01017G25KT 10SM FEW250 M10/M25 A2958 RMK AO2 PK WND 02027/1557 SLP021 T11001250=
PANC 121753Z 02021G33KT 10SM HZ CLR M10/M25 A2953 RMK AO2 PK WND 02033/1747 SLP001 T11001250 11083 21106 58048=
PANC 121753Z COR 02021G33KT 6SM BLDU CLR M10/M25 A2953 RMK AO2 PK WND 02033/1747 SLP001 T11001250 11083 21106 58048=
PANC 121753Z 02021G33KT 10SM HZ CLR M10/M25 A2953=
PANC 121853Z 03027G35KT 4SM BLDU CLR M09/M24 A2952 RMK AO2 PK WND 03038/1813 SLP998 T10941239=
PANC 121953Z 04031G40KT 6SM BLDU CLR M09/M25 A2948 RMK AO2 PK WND 03045/1923 SLP986 T10891250=
PANC 122053Z 02036G43KT 6SM BLDU CLR M08/M24 A2951 RMK AO2 PK WND 01046/2039 SLP026 T10831239 53025 $=
PANC 122153Z 03025G41KT 6SM BLDU CLR M08/M24 A2949 RMK AO2 PK WND 03046/2113 SLP020 T10831244 $=
PANC 122253Z 04037G47KT 6SM BLDU CLR M09/M26 A2948 RMK AO2 PK WND 04047/2252 SLP016 T10891256 $=
PANC 122353Z 01029G43KT 6SM BLDU CLR M09/M25 A2943 RMK AO2 PK WND 01043/2351 SLP999 T10891250 11078 21100 58027 $=
PANC 130053Z 03031G41KT 6SM BLDU FEW250 M09/M25 A2938 RMK AO2 PK WND 01043/0018 SLP982 T10941250 $=
PANC 130153Z 03022G39KT 6SM BLDU FEW250 M10/M25 A2935 RMK AO2 PK WND 03041/0104 PRESFR SLP972 T11001250 $=
PANC 130253Z 02023G37KT 6SM BLDU CLR M11/M24 A2932 RMK AO2 PK WND 01043/0221 SLP962 T11111239 56037 $=
PANC 130353Z 02025G37KT 8SM CLR M12/M25 A2928 RMK AO2 PK WND 01041/0257 PRESFR SLP949 T11171250 $=
PANC 130453Z 04024G39KT 6SM BLDU CLR M12/M27 A2927 RMK AO2 PK WND 03041/0401 SLP946 T11221272 $=
PANC 130553Z 01034G45KT 6SM BLDU CLR M13/M28 A2927 RMK AO2 PK WND 01045/0553 SLP946 60000 T11331283 11089 21133 56017 $=
PANC 130653Z 04034G47KT 6SM BLDU CLR M14/M27 A2925 RMK AO2 PK WND 04055/0608 SLP940 T11441272 $=
PANC 130753Z 02032G50KT 6SM BLDU CLR M14/M28 A2925 RMK AO2 SLP940 T11441283 $=
PANC 130853Z 03040G58KT 6SM BLDU CLR M15/M27 A2920 RMK AO2 PK WND 01062/0817 SLP923 T11501272 410671150 58023 $=
PANC 130953Z 03041G55KT 6SM BLDU CLR M16/M28 A2917 RMK AO2 PK WND 01062/0912 SLP913 T11561278 $=
PANC 131053Z 01042G53KT 6SM BLDU CLR M16/M28 A2911 RMK AO2 PK WND 03057/1039 SLP892 T11611283 $=
PANC 131153Z 02033G45KT 6SM BLDU CLR M16/M28 A2906 RMK AO2 PK WND 04060/1102 SLP875 T11611283 11133 21161 58047 $=
PANC 131253Z 02029G43KT 6SM BLDU CLR M16/M27 A2905 RMK AO2 PK WND 02052/1154 SLP872 T11611272 $=
PANC 131353Z 03025G32KT 6SM BLDU CLR M16/M28 A2902 RMK AO2 PK WND 01045/1301 SLP862 T11611278 $=
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RE: ANC Airport Closed Due To Winds...

Fri Mar 14, 2003 3:13 am

Last night i was flying on CX 829, and we had to go to YVR instead. CX 829 will be departing YVR at 3:30 pm. It sucks because it will put me in HKG 12 hours later than planned, but the First Class crew on CX is great! I should be posting my T.R. with pictures by April!


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