Weather vs. Flying
Doc Searls Weblog 2014-06-13
Here in the temperate zones, summer is beaches and picnics and biking and dinner on the deck outside. It is also thunderstorms and airport delays.
Right now a line of thunderheads is sliding northeastward across New Jersey. Here is how it looks to FlightAware‘s map of aviation and weather activity for Newark Liberty Airport:
You’ll notice, if you click on the map above, or this link, it says,
Newark Liberty Intl (KEWR) is currently experiencing:
- inbound flights delayed at their origin an average of 4 hours 38 minutes due to low clouds
- departure delays of 1 hours 46 minutes to 2 hours (and increasing) due to weather
For a national context, here is FlightAware’s MiseryMap
That’s just a screen shot. Go to the actual map and hit the blue play button. Impressive, huh?
I also like Intellicast’s map of lightning strikes:
I also like Intellicast‘s maps and phone and tablet apps. Check ‘em out.
And now my phone just went off like a smoke alarm. The first time I’ve ever heard a sound that grating. The screen says this:
A flash flood warning.
Dark Sky, I should add, is another good app. Tells you how many minutes will pass before it rains, and then how long it will likely last.
iTransNYC is also the best of the New York transit apps. “Incident” is, I gather, a euphemism. If the problem is a police action, a sick passenger or a derailment, they say so. If it’s a worse casualty, they call it an “incident.” Averages about one a week.