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.

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