An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

February 24, 2007

Told Ya It Was Dusty Around Here

Filed under: Weather — olbroad @ 4:46

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High winds knock out power, ground planes

Winds gusting close to 60 mph knocked out power to thousands of North Texas homes and businesses Saturday and all but shut down Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Luckily, where I’m staying isn’t one of the places that lost power.

At D/FW, more than 100 flights were cancelled because of unmanageable crosswinds.

John Hotard, a spokesman for American Airlines, said aircraft are grounded when the crosswinds reach 25 knots, or 28.75 mph, so operating when they’re twice that is unthinkable.

“You don’t take off. You don’t land,” Mr. Hotard said.

Glad I wasn’t planning on flying home today. Wind here, snow there. Nope, not a good idea. Besides, I’m driving anyway. 🙂

He said the wind was so strong at Dallas Love Field that an American Eagle plane taxiing to its gate around 1:45 p.m. ended up in the grass.

“We deplaned the passengers, put them on a bus, and took them to the terminal,” Mr. Hotard said.

Something JetBlue should learn, eh?

Dust was also a hazard, and the National Weather Service issued a blowing dust advisory that was to be in effect until 6 p.m., but an extension was expected. A high wind warning was in effect until 7 p.m.

Since I’m allergic to dust, I am in allergy hell. At least this ol’ broad isn’t one of those idjits out on the roads right now. I’ve seen a whole slew of emergency vehicles going by, more than is normal for this part of Dallas.

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