Meanwhile, halfway across the country, Helaine’s in Milwaukee, waiting for some friends to arrive from the New York area. I suppose their pilot has also been looking at the thunderstorms.
As is the 21st Century way, Helaine monitored the flight online. The information this afternoon has been less than complete. There were delays, but they were indefinite. Little solid info has been posted. I imagine it wasn’t much better in the airport.
A few minutes ago, we spoke again. This time I had a better chance to look at the flight she’s following and was amazed at what I saw.
If you look closely at the flight path, you’ll see the plane left LaGuardia and then made a few circles over the New York area. I’m guessing this was to sequence flights from the four¹ big New York area airports for their indirect trip south of the thunderstorms and out to the west.
I’m surprised the flight took off without real clearance to actually be on its way. Circling is something I didn’t think planes did much anymore. It’s really wasteful. And even when planes must circle, you’d think it would be limited to just before landing, not just after taking off.