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SFO Flights Still Getting Canceled

The promise of an unwinding of flights to the Northeast proved false.



    Hurricane Irene causes many cancellations and strands passengers at San Francisco International Airport. (Published Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011)

    The promise of things getting back to normal at SFO proved false Monday.

    Dozens more flights between SFO and  the East Coast were canceled, even though most airports in the region hit by Hurricane Irene reopened.

    Airport spokesman Mike McCarron told Bay City News that five departures and 26 arrivals were canceled at SFO Monday.

    That is on top of 41 flights from SFO to the East Coast that were canceled Sunday. Flights to the New York region were also canceled out of San Jose and Oakland airports, but they fly fewer passengers.

    Airport officials said it wouldl take days to get everyone who was supposed to fly out of the Bay Area Friday, Saturday and Sunday (and now Monday) on to a flight. 

    Some passengers at SFO said they have been told it will take until Saturday or Sunday before they will be guaranteed a seat on a flight back east.

      More than 8,000 flights have been canceled nationwide because of the storm.

    Hurricane High Tech: Tracking Irene

    [BAY] Hurricane High Tech: Tracking Irene
    Tropical systems (warm-core lows) like Irene thrive in warm water environments like we're seeing off the Carolina coastline. We know that regions with warm sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and weak upper level winds can lead to rapid strengthening of tropical system into hurricanes. In recent years satellite technology like TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission) allows us to track and analyze these systems in ways not thought possible before. In the 'old days' we'd look at satellite imagery from space and see beautiful cloud textures, but otherwise very little of what was happening 'beneath the clouds.' This now has changed with TRMM being able to scan through the upper cloud layers to yield a "CAT-scan" like view inside the storm. Unique to this technology is being able to identify "hot towers" or overshooting cloud top features associated with strong cumulonimbus thunderstorm towers -- these features have been identified to increase shortly before the hurricane's wind speeds increase hours later and central pressure drops accordingly. Another great feature is the 'space-based' radar scans that allow us to get rainfall estimates while the storm is still well out over the ocean. Land-based radar systems really have only helped as storms near landfall. TRMM's space-based radar lets us anticipate regions of heaviest rainfall and prepare better forecasting for potential flooding down the road. Much of the technology now being employed in tropical meteorology has been designed and developed here in the Silicon Valley. This will hopefully go a long way to helping create more accurate rainfall, and wind field strength forecasts down the road.
    (Published Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011)

    A JetBlue executive in New York City said the airline hoped to resume flights at John F. Kennedy and La Guardia airports by Monday afternoon. Other airlines followed suit.

    The FAA advised passengers headed to the east coast to monitor the status of all flights and check directly with their airlines for any flight delays or cancellations.