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Scurrying Like Ants....

Posted February 4, 2009

Except these are large, jet-powered, package and parcel-carrying ants! What happens when a squall line including tornadoes, or a cluster of strong to severe thunderstorms, passes across one of the busier airports in the country when it is handling dozens of inbound flights? Some fancy air traffic control work, and a fascinating "dance in the sky."

Two such situations are nicely illustrated in the YouTube video links I've attached, one in early 2008 and one from back in 2003. both involve the very busy FedEx hub in Memphis TN, and the very large fleet of aircraft that company uses to to keep its deliveries "humming." The videos nicely capture the tracks of the aircraft in flight, the approaching storms on weather radar, and the resulting diversions and re-routes...

 

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