Wednesday Night Add-On
Weatherwise, honestly, I can not remember a better travel Wednesday before Thanksgiving. From coast to coast the weather delays have been few. This morning, dense fog did slow air traffic at LAX (Los Angeles), ORD (Chicago's O'Hare) and DET (Detroit). The Chicago fog backed up United Airlines flights into Yeager airport. Bill Murray reported there.
Otherwise, all has been grand with a sea of green dots on the FFA webpage indicating no weather related delays.
Thursday air travel will also be fine for most of the US including feeder hubs like PIT, CLT (Charlotte) and airports out of New York, Washington DC and New England.
As in our region, the weather throughout the entire NE USA will be clear and calm. You will be able to see that first hand as you watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade through downtown New York in the morning and Football Night in America from North Jersey at night (Jets hosting the Pats).
By Friday a gusty cold front will be crossing the region with an hour or so of showers. The winds with this front may create a decent chop in the air for planes taking off from Yeager and HTS (Huntington Tri-State airport) as well as Pittsburgh. Since that same front will set up a wind effect too later in the day up north, I sense some delays out of Philly,Wash DC-Baltimore and New York for afternoon flights.
Once that front clears the coast, Saturday and Sunday travel weather looks cold and dry though motorists taking I-68 across Northern Maryland and West Virginia could encounter a few snow squalls.
Thankful for Good Travel Weather
The long Thanksgiving holiday is here and that means millions of Americans will be hitting the road or airways to be with friends and family. That makes the weather forecast all the more important.
So all week long I will be devoting my space in the blogosphere to travel weather.
Let’s open with the most important link from the FAA; namely, the flight delay map from major airports in our country.
The legend for this map is simple. See a green dot next to your airport and things are going smoothly. See a red or an orange dot and delays will be the rule.
All day long on Monday, the map has been filled with green! While that will certainly change on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the sheer volume of planes and travelers taking off/landing, from a pure weather standpoint it would be hard to imagine a better weather pattern.
Yes the weather will be an issue in the Pacific NW where flights out of SFO, SEA and PDX (San Fran, Seattle and Portland respectively) will encounter a messy assortment of low ceilings, rain and gusty winds. But for the lion’s share of the rest of the USA, good flying conditions should help flights to stay reasonably close to schedule.
An area of disturbed weather will linger off the Mid-Atlantic coast between Cape Hatteras and Bermuda. This will keep a steady onshore wind blowing with sea-side showers grazing the coastal Carolinas, Delmarva and even Massachusetts Bay Colony. But only the immediate coast will be affected, and even there only on occasion!
As for a road trip by car, I find the going will be smooth on I-75 from Cincy south to Lexington and Knoxville-Atlanta. Ditto I-77 north to Cleveland and south to Charlotte. If you are a western wanderer, clear sailing all the way to St Louis and KC via I-64 and I-70.
Check back all week as I update things.