Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Between the Raindrops

Just a short post to say that the weather was quite cooperative for Monday's flight from the DC area to Connecticut. As you can see (image courtesy of the useful folks at FlightAware.com) most of the precipitation was off to the west during the trip.

The METAR's bracketing the time that N631S and I departed were these:

KDCA 261152Z 10006KT 8SM -RA OVC009 12/09 A2936 RMK AO2 RAB49 SLP941 PCPN VRY LGT P0000 T01220094
KDCA 261052Z 07005KT 10SM OVC008 12/10 A2935 RMK AO2 SLP938 T01220100

We were in the clear between layers by about 2,000 feet and only found a bit of rain over central New Jersey.

The New York Approach controller vectored me for the ILS to Runway 6 at KBDR without my asking, but the visual approach would have been perfectly feasible. Here's the KBDR weather for around the arrival:

KBDR 261352Z 05008KT 10SM OVC041 12/08 A2936 RMK AO2 SLP940 T01170083
KBDR 261252Z 02009KT 10SM FEW011 OVC041 11/09 A2936 RMK AO2 SLP943 T01110089

By about an hour later, it was raining and the ceiling was coming down. Sometimes timing is everything.

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