Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wichita plane crash: weather details

The weather conditions during this morning's tragic plane crash at Mid-Continent Airport were not threatening.  Skies were nearly sunny, with just a few clouds noted in the sky (see first two pictures, courtesy Mid-Continent Airport and NWS Wichita).  The third picture shows the satellite view across south central and southeast Kansas.  Notice the station plots on that satellite picture.  A cold front had moved through between 8 - 9 a.m.  (see last picture)   Had the front moved through a couple of hours later, the plane would have been taking off to the south, not to the north.