Would you like Ice with that delay? Flying in the winter
January 26: Last time I looked 5740 flights were cancelled due to the ‘Historic’ winter storm Juno that is hitting the North East today. There are all sorts of advisories about not going out where three feet of snow are expected.
I am not sure if three feet of snow is really ‘historic’ or ‘histrionic’ but as usual with the press, they just love aweather story that fills up the column inches and provide some nice videos to demonstrate how bad winter is. The Daily Mail is in it’s element over this
So why is is historic? According to weather.com
“Historic” is not a precisely defined term, but generally meteorologists reserve it for weather events of exceptional strength or magnitude. A hallmark of such events is their ability to break all-time records. For instance, Winter Storm Nemo broke the all-time 24-hour snowfall record for the entire state of Connecticut when it dumped 36 inches of snow near Ansonia on Feb. 8-9, 2013.
That said, Northeast blizzards aren’t just snowfall amounts: They’re high winds, they’re storm surge, they’re epic traffic jams, they’re days-long power outages. Arguably a storm doesn’t have to break all-time records to have historic impacts if it brings a crippling combination of disruption and destruction.
This had us thinking about which airports are ones rated for worst for flying in winter. One measurement is the number of flights delayed. Note that for all Continental US airports analysed by Hooper, all were over 20%. For the mathematically challenged, at least 1 in 5 flights were delayed in over 20 airports.
So what happens if you are delayed? Time.com has 5 Strategies for Dealing With Your Flight Cancellation.
- Check in Early: This avoids you being bumped.
- Stay informed in real-time : be ahead of the crowd and not wait for airline to rebook you)
- Know your options: Understand the airlines policy with respect to weather cancellations as there are no federal requirements.
- Photograph your valuables: Just in case your luggage disappears and you need evidence in a claim. [good advice anyhow]
- Turn on your charm: In other words, don’t be an a-hole if things go wrong. You aren’t the only person put out.
PS: Juno is a Roman goddess. Daughter of Saturn, Wife of Jupiter and mom to Mars and Vulcan.