Monthly Archives: January 2012

Safer Flying in Bad Weather: Learning From Three Aviation Disasters

There are two significant aviation anniversaries occurring today and another one this coming Monday. On January 13, 1960 United Flight 826 and TWA Flight 266 collided in midair, showering a neighborhood in Brooklyn and lesser-populated area of Staten Island with twisted aircraft parts and other things that I need not explain. All souls (134), including six on the ground, were lost. On this day in 1982, the Air Florida crash of Flight 90 killed 78 as it was unable to overcome accumulated ice on its wings and plunged into the Potomac River. And this coming Monday, January 16 is the three-year anniversary of the Miracle on the Hudson. Each of these three events can be attributed, at least in part, to weather. And each has lead to advances in aviation safety.

Ice, Ice, Maybe: Are Lakes Freezing More Slowly This Year? (Plus a Wild Ice-Breaking Effort to Save Nome)

The folks who organize the New England Pond Hockey Classic (NEPHC) on Lake Winnipesaukee are hopeful they’ll have solid ice next month, like they did last year when the Classic drew 150 teams (that’s 150 teams, not players) to New Hampshire’s largest lake and the summertime resort town of Meredith, which is on the northern shore of the lake where I spent my summers as a youngster. Although it’s a far cry from being iced over just yet (read: no ice), Lake Winnipesaukee’s water temperature is a bone-chilling 37 degrees and the air temperature is 30 degrees — ice is surely on its way.

“Today in Weather History” Makes This Week Look Boring – Enjoy It While It Lasts

Apart from some chilly weather in the northern regions, we’re enjoying a relatively quiet week across the U.S. weather-wise and from coast to coast just about everyone I’ve asked has said they’re enjoying a break from the extremes.  Whatever the reason – and I chalk it up to rampantly improved technology and a 24-hour news […]

Buckle Up Britain Because High Winds Continue Wreaking Havoc

Hang on to your hats Britain (but that’s really the least of your worries) as high winds continue across the region today. A very tight pressure gradient caused strong, damaging winds to wreak havoc on the area yesterday which caused seaport closures, power outages and driving conditions to become hazardous across parts of the country. […]

Worth a Look Tonight: Quadrantid Meteor Shower

With so much of the country enjoying high pressure and few clouds (and nearly a week before the next full moon), the Quadrantid Meteor Shower ought to be a good one to watch tonight. The problem is that the peak happens at about 2 AM Eastern/1 AM Central. And, unlike last week, most of us are back at work (or school). The Quadrantid occurs between January 1 and January 5 — so all is not lost if you happen to doze off before tonight’s peak.