This photo was sent in from "Daniel" in Halifax. Prior to leaving for San Diego I had to drop off some in-laws heading back to Halifax. I saw the forecast and told them, "the sooner the better" as far as getting back. This shot depicts yet another severe storm affecting the Maritimes caused by a persistent upper trough over eastern North America.
The latest analysis from the Weather Network. Could we have an "omega block" over North America? The light blue line depicts the jet stream taking on huge curvature. The lobe over the eastern seaboard is an "upper trough" and "upper low" kicking off some nasty east coast storms.
The greek letter "Omega." See any resemblance on the weather chart?
I had to fly through this upper ridge enroute to San Diego. It gave us rare tailwinds and changing wind directions translating into areas of annoying light chop with the odd moderate bump thrown in for good measure. :) Because of the rare push we arrived in San Diego 30 minutes early.
On the road again...
A manager was handing out "coffee vouchers" as an appreciation to those working the holidays. I thought it was a nice touch. I gave the card to my financially strapped F/O.
I met one commuter from Halifax and he has been on the road for five days. He errored on his bidding for January so he will be working off and on until January 5th meaning he won't have the chance to get back home.
I jokingly said, he will be doing lots of laundry on the road and asked him how his wife is taking this. He said he is still married...with a smile.
I bumped into a senior captain and queried what he was doing with three large packed bags and working on the holidays. Unfortunately his story wasn't so cheerful. Something about his wife and a mid life crisis. Ooops.
My first flight back in two weeks and everything ran smooth. We knew we would not have the usual push back home and sure enough the flight plan had us blocked 12 minutes over sked. So we readied for an early push back. I had a sense things were going too smoothly. Sure enough our navigation systems didn't want to 'align." After several phone calls back to headquarters (flight dispatch/maintenance) we push back 18 minute late. It translated into 10:20 of flight time. An honest days' work.
End of day one
My F/O and I walk back to the parking lot and our cars were next to each other. What are the chances in a five story parking lot? I asked him the age of his car. (It looked weathered). "It's a 92 and I should have heat by the time I get home." He drove away not wearing a pilot's hat, but a tuque to stay warm. I place my bags in my brand new BMW SUV and think...."we are both in different phases of life."