Air Traffic And Weather

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - One little trick to tracking the weather around the Seattle area is paying attention to the air traffic over Seattle. Pilots ideally like to take off and land in a headwind, as that gives the aircraft more lift and makes it easier for the pilot to control the plane.

Thus, on many inclement days when we have a general south wind, planes approach from the north and take off to the south. On nice weather days when we have a north wind, planes approach from the south and take off to the north.

So, when you're flying home to Sea-Tac and have a window seat, you can get a general sense of the weather depending on what part of Seattle you fly over as you approach.

Your Photos

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The cloud bands around Mt. Rainier are a sure sign of changing weather conditions. These images of Mt. Rainier were taken Thursday evening around 7:30pm with a Nikon D3000
and a 200mm telephoto lens. The dark spots on the 1st image is flock of birds (not dirt on the lens).
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Grabbed a few images of Mt. Rainier between 6:30am and 7:30am
before the smoke from the fires rolled back in.
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While conducting a basic ghost hunt on the USS Turner Joy, we captured what appears to be a face floating in the air.