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Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:36 am

Well here in the SF bay area we have had a pretty nasty series of storms hit over the past couple of weeks, today's storm was one of the worst. Here's a couple pics I took at my house this morning.



As for the airports...

Due to WEATHER/LOW CEILING / WIND, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, CA (SFO). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 48 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".

Delays by Destination:
Due to WEATHER/WIND, departure traffic destined to Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA (OAK) will not be allowed to depart until at or after 9:59 am PST.

http://www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa/usmap.jsp

And...
San Francisco
COASTAL FLOOD WARNING
FLOOD WARNING
HIGH WIND WARNING
URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY

That's whats happening out here, I'll try to keep updating as the day progresses.

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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:55 am

Quoting Freedomtofly (Thread starter):
I'll try to keep updating as the day progresses.

Perhaps the start of El Nino? If so, you'll be in it for a while. As a side note I get a kick out of folks from California that think this type of weather is abnormal. Come visit the South where thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rains, and flash floods are commonplace. At least we have the brains not to live where the ground shakes.  biggrin 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:59 am

There is a strong cold front moving through the area, which is causing the extremely gusty winds and rain; otherwise, the winds have been favoring the 19's for a few days now.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:02 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Come visit the South where thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rains, and flash floods are commonplace. At least we have the brains not to live where the ground shakes.

Lol hey we really don't get earthquakes that often, and if we do they are usually mild. I definately do want to move someplace else in the U.S. as the weather out here is boring, but on occasion we get storms like this and I can't help but get excited.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:26 am

They just switched to the 28's. Hopefully the arrival rate will get better as well.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:04 am

Quoting Freedomtofly (Reply 3):

Lol hey we really don't get earthquakes that often, and if we do they are usually mild. I definately do want to move someplace else in the U.S. as the weather out here is boring, but on occasion we get storms like this and I can't help but get excited.

helps my lawn get greener... biggrin 

that being said, the weather has been a bit off the past few days...but its a nice change...certainly better than ORD where I'm originally from, so I'm certainly not complaining.....

I was planning on going spotting this morning, then head to The City to meet some other A.netters for New Years, but I think I'll just out rather than spotting..certainly not the best day for a spot.... no 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:25 am

Well I may actually try to fly up to OAK from SNA today. But if ATC delays are to bad, I may scratch those plans.

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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:47 am

That storm is hit the SEA area yesterday, but not nearly as strong...just a lot of rain. All that rain means a lot of snow in the mountains!

What kind of wind gust were you guys getting down in the Bay Area?
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 7):
What kind of wind gust were you guys getting down in the Bay Area?

Anywhere from 40-65 mph i'm guessing, i mean the house was shaking and rain came under the windows into the house, the table shattered, the chairs were blowing, it was pretty windy lol.

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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:20 am

Trailing edge of your storm this morning already down in the SAN area...however look WNW....next one tomorrow supposed to be stronger and bit more southerly.
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:34 am

Here in LAS it's starting to get over-cast with some winds moving in, they think it will get stronger yet than die out in the middle of the night, not good weather for the fireworks that are planned on the Strip.
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:35 am

Weve got a mess here in RNO- the Truckee is over the banks and is apparently flooding parts of downtown where they have some of the bridges closed. Parts of Sparks are flooded out and one street has raw sewage flowing in it. I80 is closed at Floriston on the border and will be for up to two days, while Mt Rose is closed due to a mud slide and US 395 into Reno is also presently closed. They are telling us the snow levels are going to start dropping in a few hours yet- well see.

I got home last night about 8 and the boards at the airport were showing quite a few delayed/cancelled flights that were coming from California- especially the UA flights from SF and LA. My friend picked me up and we went to dinner and were going to go to a movie downtown but got coffee instead and marvelled at how high the river was- must be a lot higher by now! There were tree stumps and tree bits floating on through. The winds kicked up for a little bit here, but have calmed down

Isnt there another storm due in on Sunday?
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:08 am

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 5):
certainly not the best day for a spot

Oddly enough, the sun has been shining brightly here in SF this afternoon (12/31) but it was storming heavily last night.

Let's hope the weather holds out for tonight's A.net New Year's Eve gathering...
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:15 am

Looking at the west coast satellite, it looks like the next storm is aiming for Portland/Seattle area.
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 8:25 am

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 1):
Perhaps the start of El Nino?

It is looking as if the coastal waters are a few degrees to cold for this to happen. Also down here in L.A. we have had some crazy surf...I am talking 8-11 feet in some areas, its wild. All we are seeing down here is consistent rainfall that is not supposed to let up for until late Monday. I wish all of you up in SFO good luck!
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:51 am

Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 13):
Looking at the west coast satellite, it looks like the next storm is aiming for Portland/Seattle area.

I've been on vacation in the PDX area for a week now, and wow...we've had steady rain nearly all day, every day. Several of the creeks and rivers are at or near flood stage now.

We lost our power Christmas morning around 3am, and didn't get it back until about 3:30pm that day. We had to cook our Christmas dinner on the woodstove!
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:24 am

I flew in this morning into SFO on an Air New Zealand 747. There was quite a bit of turbulence in the holding pattern for SFO. The captain came on and said that the winds were very close to the maximum crosswind limits and told us that we might have to perform a go around if it was bad and also that there was the possibility of a diversion if the weather stayed bad. We did fortunately make it in, but the pilots were definitely working the plane hard on final approach.

I heard some disaster stories about passengers on UA's SYD-SFO flight. They were in a holding pattern for a long time and were in some pretty rough turbulence. Apparantly the cabin crew had to be seated for a while and passengers were throughing up left and right and there were not an adequate number of air sickness bags! I am glad the NZ pilots managed to keep us in some smoother air.

Overall UA seemed to have all of its flights delayed by one or two hours out of SFO. Not a good day at all!
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 11:11 am

We had diversion to SMF today of a flight going PHXRNO and just got word that we diverted ORDLAS, it's now coming in here to PHX.
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 12:32 pm

Today is one of the rare days when I observed planes taking off from all four runway directions: 10, 19, 01 & 28!

Love the storms due to the possibility of seeing something exciting & new.

And oh, hearing the chatter about gusts & windshear alerts make it all the more exciting!
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:09 pm

I'm here in South Lake Tahoe and the weather has been on the news all day. It's not often Reno TV stations are live all day with breaking news. Reno was indeed under water, but that is slowly dissipating. There was some worry the pond at the Reno Hilton would over flow and flood the airport (RNO), which is exactly what happened New Year's Day 1997. Although nowhere near the extend of the floods of 1997, there is widespread flooding in the Reno/Sparks, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville areas.

As for the lake itself, we've gotten little snow here the past week, however we have received tons of rain... ten inches yesterday in the Sierra Nevada. TEN INCHES! Too bad it wasn't snow.

As for the winds, that's been the biggest story affecting aviation. Winds earlier in the day were sustained at 117 mph over the crest of the eastern Sierra Nevada with gusts to 176 mph. Extreme winds to say the least. It's not too often you see category three winds without a tornado being involved. It's been quite the day. Fortunately, the rain has dissipated and what's left has turned to snow, so the flooding should begin subsiding.

For pictures of the flooding, go to http://www.rgj.com .
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:54 pm

Well its 45c/113F in Sydney today......Only probs at SYD is melting tarmac.  Cool
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 3:23 pm

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):
I am glad the NZ pilots managed to keep us in some smoother air.

Luck. On two of my three legs in/out of SFO today the passengers were hurling. The last leg (sans vomit) occured when the weather had started to calm down significantly.

Quoting RoseFlyer (Reply 16):
Overall UA seemed to have all of its flights delayed by one or two hours out of SFO.

Unavoidable when the aircraft gets delayed by flow control. It wasn't all flights, and United handles it fairly well considering.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 7:10 pm

You Yanks keep driving arpound in Hummers and NOT US attitude towards Kyoto then SO WHAT!!!!!
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 9:55 pm

Quoting Ralgha (Reply 21):
On two of my three legs in/out of SFO today the passengers were hurling.

So you're one of the guys who called.  Wink
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Sun Jan 01, 2006 10:22 pm

I agree with sevenforseven. Look at the current state of the world's weather. Do you think that it is trying to tell you something?

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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Mon Jan 02, 2006 12:10 am

Thank you 7foreskin7. I drive an auto that gets very good MPG and I combine my errands to avoid excessive travel. But hey, nothing like a Frog vs. Yank reply as my first posts this new years. I know,how about if I conclude excessive chain smoking by all Europeans is also contributing to green house gases? Yes most Americans drive cars too big. Still, generic assumptions made about all of us only fuel useless rhetoric.

BTW, I'm in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico for the winter. We did have a few clouds last night.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Mon Jan 02, 2006 1:38 am

Hang On California

Here comes round 2 and the big stuff right now looks to be coming in around SBA per radar...not good for former fire burn areas and the Pacific Coast Highway.....

http://radar.wrh.noaa.gov/radar/latest/DS.p20-r/si.kvbx.shtml
 
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:02 am

Quoting Sevenforeseven (Reply 22):
You Yanks keep driving arpound in Hummers and NOT US attitude towards Kyoto then SO WHAT!!!!!

Housewives driving around in Hummers is one thing but has nothing to do with the weather. Kyoto is a bad treaty that does nothing but punish developed countries and allows 3rd world and developing countries to continue on as usual polluting. I suggest you read Michael Crichton's "State of Fear" and then come back to the conversation with both sides of the issue for debate.

Quoting Gerry (Reply 24):
I agree with sevenforseven. Look at the current state of the world's weather. Do you think that it is trying to tell you something?

No, I don't. Weather changes just like the stock market. If global warming is destroying the world then why has it been so damn cold in the US the last few winters? If you watch the news in the States you'll hear some dumb network anchor spout off crap about how the 4 feet of snow in the Midwest is the result of global warming. I'm not lying, I've heard it said.

Global warming, rising sea levels, etc. is a myth perpetuated by the environmental left (US and abroad) to weaken the position of the US on a global scale.

Hurricanes are cyclical before someone brings up that idea. Look back at the NOAA data and you will see that the stroms come in cycles. The 70s through the 90s were a slow period for hurricanes. It appears, although too early to tell, that we are moving back into a period of more tropical activity.

But let's not get off on a tangent here. The original discussion was about the weather affecting the Pacific NW and not the reasons behind it.

Quoting Freedomtofly (Reply 3):
Lol hey we really don't get earthquakes that often, and if we do they are usually mild. I definately do want to move someplace else in the U.S. as the weather out here is boring, but on occasion we get storms like this and I can't help but get excited.

Funny. I know the weather in the Bay Area is a little more volatile but I still chuckle when you guys talk about the weather. I would guess that the easiest job in the world is the weatherman in San Diego. How's the weather today Jim?...Nice, back to you Steve.

Were you guys around for the lightning storm back in September? They were still talking about that the following week. I was laughing at the news. We have a storm and move on to find the most backwards hillbilly to tell us how they heard a sound like a freight train and then their trailer disappeared or go visit the folks who continue to live by Peachtree Battle Creek even though it always floods with the least little rain.
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RE: Big Storm On The West Coast

Mon Jan 02, 2006 2:48 am

Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 23):
So you're one of the guys who called.

Actually I did call, but only to volunteer for ready reserve since I was sitting on my butt anyway waiting for my delayed deadhead home!  bigthumbsup 
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