Credit to the photographs

I would like to thank Brian Losisto (Air Canada's photographer) for always allowing me to post his pictures. (The above thrust lever pic is his). Then there is Kelly Paterson from Calgary and plane spotter "Erik" from Germany. Of course, I have lots myself. On that note, if you feel a photo(s) may be in appropriate or the content I post a bit dubious by all means send me an email. I will ratify it! That's all I ask.

...I hope you enjoy the blog...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Pressure! There is one heck of a deep low pressure system affecting Ontario. The lowest it got down to was 959 millibars. (It may have been deeper but that's what I noticed it at). It's forecast to track Northeastward and fill (weaken).

But that's not until it blows strong southwesterly winds this afternoon. Toronto is now under a wind warning.

As an ex-meteorologist a weather chart like this certainly peaks the interest.

As a writer pressure can come within and externally. I've been been at this blog for two years. However, it's time I concentrate on other things. As many know, there has been a weather book inside me for 20 years.

I won't say this blog is grounded, nor will I say it's going into a hold, but I am slowing up in anticipation.

However, as in weather, wherever there is low pressure causing lots of weather there is a "high" not too far away to bring pleasant conditions.

If you would like to email me with your questions in aviation/weather by all means fire away!

[email protected]


Captain Doug Morris


Anonymous said...

Picture a dramatic 'Nooooo...'

...but I'll be ok! :)

If something cool happens on a flight though, and if you have time, could you share it with us? I will check back periodically!

No pressure though! ;)

Good luck with everything - new book included!!

Take care,


S.O. Lukas said...

Best of luck with the book! I'm certain your followers aren't going anywhere ;)

Looking forward to picking up the new one at Chapters in the future ;)

Giulia said...


I'm sorry that you must make this decision, but I understand fully.

If I have questions (or my students), I will email you.

It is a good thing that you will be working on that book. :)

I know a lot of people will miss reading your blog entries, including me!

Take care of yourself and best wishes with everything.


carlton said...

Hopefully you won't be "gone with the wind" as is the case with Ian -the Flying Scotsman Blog....

Andrew said...

I think you now need a "horrible post" box. O well, best of luck with the book. By the "High" do you mean a return to blogging by Ian?


Anonymous said...

Captain Morris,

Good luck with the weather book, I'm certainly looking forward to the day you announce it is on sale!

Please don't cut back completely on your blog, you are an inspiration to a lot of people and we certainly appreciate how open you are able to be about AC Operations.

YYC Dispatcher

Anonymous said...


...and now I get the double entendre of your post title.

sorry to assume that you're getting leaned on to not post. Oh well, at least we still have captain dave's blog.

Adam said...

Hey Captain Doug,

I found your blog for the first time this year around April! Ever since, I have loved reading it. I bought your book this past weekend and wow it has been a great read!!
Can't wait for the next one! I hope to become a AC pilot when I am older!!! Thanks for the past advice!

The Winnipeger:

Nadia said...

Bonjour Doug,

This is my weather forecast for the next weeks:
* strong gale
* overcast
* rain (tears in my eyes)
It's the way I feel :(

Now, let me be happy for you with your new challenge. I am buyer when he will be finish.

Thank you for the frequency of new stuff on the blog. I was hurry back after work to see what's new.
I will miss you ;)

You're a great ambassador for aviation and Air Canada. Go on with your good work.

Please don't close your blog I really need it, we really need it and come give us some news sometimes. (I won't put pressure on you... lol ;))

I have felt a LOW PRESSURE when Ian closed his blog. I don't want to feel that again.

Thank you very much for all and thank you to give us your e-mail address for further questions.

I wish you a clear blue sunny sky Doug !!!

Nadia (désolé pour le roman)

Chris said...

Thanks for all your great posts Doug.

I am looking forward to the weather book, so it can sit proudly beside 'Weather Flying' on my bookshelf.

Aviatrix said...

If you would please grab a copy of the Study and Reference Guide for the met section of the Canadian commercial and ATPL, and ensure that your book covers all the topics there, I will recommend it to all the flying schools and learning pilots I have contact with.

Aware is too outdated, and other sources are more about spewing the correct answers on exams than really explaining to pilots what weather is all about. I hate that a topic that a pilot is going to use for life & death decisions is being crammed and forgotten.

Another suggestion: drop into a TC office and ask to write the met paper for the dispatch exam. It covers the same topics as the pilot exams, is FREE, and the score in no way affects your pilot record. It shows the types of questions on the commercial and ATPL.

Or maybe it's not that sort of book, but that's your market.

From the Flight Deck said...

Excellent suggestions, Aviatrix! You are a woman of great resources.....really!

My horoscope (someone had me look at a few lately) stated I have all the ducks lined up for go and do it!

I'm just coming out of the personal nose dive I was in. I've got the wings level, the airspeed and altitude look good.

(Just received "A okays" from the union and upper echelon management)

Thanks for your perseverance.


Kevin said...

I'm up in Grand Forks ND and we got such a windstorm from this system. I watched the pressure all day and it dropped to 28.47 inHg the lowest I've seen it since being up here. I saw an article that said the pressure drop was equivalent to a class three hurricane! Good times...

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Kevin. That was certainly a deep low! Wow 28.47 inches of hg! That would translate into an error of about 1500 feet on the altimeter!

In fact, when the pressure goes below 29.00 inches ATC will repeat it ensuring the pilot realizes it's an unusual setting.

Have fun in GFK. I've flown over you guys lots of times.

Captain Doug