Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sometimes You Just Can't Get There

OK guys, picture this: Over and off shore from Florida sits a huge high pressure system, and it's stalled there. Over and off shore from New England sits another high. And it's stalled there too. Now draw a line from central Louisiana and extend it out over the Atlantic in a slightly curving arc that lies right over the line between Eastern WV (Greenbrier Co. included) and Western Central VA. It's a stalled (as in blocked) low and it's pumping huge amounts of Gulf of Mexico moisture up and along that line. Thunderstorms lie in an almost unbroken stream along that stalled low. And do you know what happens when those T-storms get to the WV-VA mountains? They dump rain like mad in an effort to get over those mountains. They also make a lot of fog and very low hanging clouds.
Got it?

OK, good. We're off:

For the past week and a half we've had rain, fog, and low ceilings as the order of the day.
Yesterday, May 23rd I loaded up a charter to Hot Springs VA from Guntersville AL. Bass fishermen bound for Lake Moomaw VA. Having their boats trailered up while they relaxe at the Omni Hot Springs Resort.

Using real time wx from Active Sky Next I started my flight under widely scattered showers and some sun. Hot Springs Ingalls Field was currently reporting 500 ft ceiling and 10 mile vis underneath that, with my arrival time forecast being the same.

We're over Lake Guntersville here and on our way for the hour and 45 minute flight northeast.

An hour and a half later and no, this isn't KHSP. It's the final approach for runway 6 at KROA Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, Roanoke VA, about an hours drive to Hot Springs

By the time we were 100 miles out from HSP things had deteriorated badly there, weather wise.

What had been a reported 500 foot ceiling (I think I can get in there) and 10 mile vis was now a 200 ft ceiling and vis at less than 1/4 mile. No, that ain't gonna happen today. Not with this airplane and the IFR facilities at Hot Springs.

Nice displaced approach at Roanoke.

I informed my 6 pax of the landing change due to the weather and that Bunny (you remember Bunny) had laid on a Chevy Suburban (all amenities included) for the drive to Hot Springs.

While disappointed by the delay in getting into the Omni Resort, they seemed pleased with a lavish Suburban complete with complimentary bar.

No, I couldn't get there yesterday, or today either--the wx is no better. And it's supposed to be this way for the rest of the week!

1 comment:

TachyonDriver said...

Great report Dan! An exciting flight no doubt.