Minnesotans can relate, since that’s mostly what we talk about, it seems. Anyway, Storm Eunice is battering the UK, and some guy has parked himself outside Heathrow airport and is live-streaming video of the planes struggling to land in high winds. There are a few hundred thousand people watching it right now! Here you go, now you can join the party.
Here in Western Minnesota, it’s -8°C with 18km/hr winds. No planes landing on my street. Nothing exciting to report, so I’ll return you to the frenetic British announcer and the wiggle-waggling wings of jumbo jets trying to slide sideways onto a runway.
I had quick look and managed to catch the moment when a horse was trying to eat the guy’s car/truck/whatever
Heathrow is notorious for windy conditions and needing crabbed landing approaches.
Maybe they should’ve put the entire airport onto a turnstile… ;)
Well, it’d make entering and exiting more interesting.
And getting around it even more dizzying.
That extreme zoom makes those incoming planes look like they’re about 150 meters apart.
Proper British wobbly sets — must be a Doctor Who episode.
Snarki, child of Loki says
This is why it’s useful for your pilot to have experience landing on a carrier deck.
But that experience DOES make for extra-bumpy landings.
@5, Yes, jumbo jet carrier landings are routinely done in 100mph+ cross- or head-winds.
That’s just a normal landing in Wellington (NZ)
I’ve seen worse. I’ve been in worse!!
@3I used to live in Cranford for a year or so,it is just north of the airport,under one of the landing paths.
One time I timed them and they were coming over every 70 seconds or so.
Rich Woods says
It has been a bit draughty here all day, though I’ve yet to spot any roof tiles being torn off the houses and if there have been any screams from the neighbours they’ve thankfully been drowned out in the rattle caused by the gusts. I do live underneath a flightpath but there’s been very little air traffic these last two years anyway, since normal operation is mostly private and short-haul flights, few of them cargo.
Four people reported killed by Storm Eunice in the UK.
…and we now have a third “named storm” (Franklin) within a week – the first time this has happened since the Met Office started naming storms in 2015. When there was last such a trio of storms of equivalent strength prior to 2015, I don’t know; I understand there is not, as yet, evidence to show that climate disruption has increased the frequency of dangerous storms coming in from the Atlantic to western Europe.
@11, The mildly deranged penguin points out that, due to brexit, teh “U”K no longer has the help of EECDFS — European Extraterritorial Commandos to DeFang Storms — and so should now learn to welcome and enjoy all the weather events previously contained (mostly) and dissipated in the N.Atlantic by the skilled EECDFS operatives. She claims “EECDFS” is often pronounced “Eeek! Ducks!”, which seems a bit weird until one remembers they use giant, really really big, inflatable yellow rubber ducks.