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Check out England today. We've got a storm heading this way, and the forecasters are warning of winds gusting up to 90mph this afternoon.I've just downloaded the weather for 0800 with FSMeteo...My local airport of Manston (EGMH) has winds at 32 knots gusting 44...Heathrow - 35 knots gusting 51Luton - 36 knots gusting 49Bristol - 32 knots gusting 50Manchester - 36 knots gusting 47It's supposed to be getting worse this afternoon.

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Tell me something I dont know !:)We have trees down and roads closed here in Staffordshire .. Nr EGNX

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>>It's supposed to be getting worse this afternoon.TAF's show it's going to die out tonight - but I think EGLL still has the worst to come:TAF EGLL 270430Z 271206 21020KT 9999 BKN025 TEMPO 1215 22022G35KT PROB40 TEMPO 1215 22027G45KT PROB30 TEMPO 1213 23038G55KT 7000 RA BKN014 BECMG 1215 28020KT TEMPO 1219 28022G33KT PROB40 TEMPO 1216 29025G43KT BECMG 1922 28010KT=Shame - it's Vatuk Sunday tonight! http://ftp.avsim.com/dcforum/User_files/3db1858910fad6ad.jpg

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I live on the coast on a pretty exposed location at the top of a hill. I've been kept awake most of the night by rain lashing against the window!I just loaded up the DF Archer and flew EGNJ-EGPH with FSMeteo. It was a very rough ride all the way from Humberside to Newcastle, and horrible visibility and rain all the way from Newcastle to Edinburgh. I really wouldn't like to be flying for real in this weather.BTW, Activecam makes the turbulence very believable! :-)

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Yeah, i've been listening to Heathrow on the scanner, quite a few aircraft have been going around due to windshear. The winds woke me up this morning!!

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Yep you are all corrcet we do have real storm here!We spent time yesterday tieing the planes down at the local cub,glas we did. Must be gusting around 60 miles at the moment. Thats about 6 miles north of Gatwick close to Redhill.Keith

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I'm in Staffordshire too! Winds blew our bin over, knocked one of the gates on the level crossing behind our house down, and kept our poor new dog up all night!Makes for great flying though!

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Not much better here in the Netherlands:EHRD 271355Z 25040G57KT 9999 -RA SCT032 BKN042 12/08 Q0994 TEMPO 5000EHAM 271355Z 25039G61KT 4000 RA SCT020 BKN030 OVC040 10/08 Q0992 TEMPO 4000 RA SCT012 BKN018 EHKD 271425Z 26047G63KT 3200 R22/P3700U -RA FEW010 SCT015 OVC020 11/09 Q0988 YLO Cheers,Henri

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Interesting, I would say. At least when the runway is properly facing the wind ;-)Henri

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>Challenging, yes. Deadly, no. :) >Um, six people died in the storms, Bill - but yes, I've read that BA cancelled a number of flights, and Cardiff inbounds were being diverted to Bristol. Still, it's a lot worse on the railways, especially those lines that use overhead wires.Rob

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Yes. It is truly deadly weather. I re-read my post and it didn't quite sound right. That's actually what I meant - it is deadly - and that the thread title was an understatement. :)Best,Bill

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It seems like it's all over the BENELUX and the UKat the Northsea here in Belgium we had regular wind peaks of 12 Beaufort which is equal to a hurricane :-eek :-eek 2002/10/27 15:50EBOS 271550Z 26040G61KT 9999 FEW035 BKN050 14/03 Q1006

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Hi Nick,Any chance of you e-mailing me the FSMETEO files as attachments (just the .alo and .met files will suffice)? By the time I get home tonight the files will be unavailable, I'm assuming, from the METAR server. Thanks in advance.Thanks,Bruce.brucek@qwest.net

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Hi, on the way :-) Best Regards, UweEdit: The worst seems to have vanished by now, but you

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London City was interesting about 2 weeks ago-very windy then and the evening business flights were all 'having a go' at an approach before 'going missed' and into the Alkin hold. Every now and then they would ask 'Has anybody got in yet?' and Thames Radar would say something like 'The larger aircraft seem to be getting in' or 'There's a flight making an approach now' so someone else would ask to come out of the hold and try. The Dash-8's and the like in the hold were being blown too close to the approach anyway so Thames had to slightly change the hold!. City has a 5 degree ILS and high buildings to contend with.DaveT

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I live 18nm directly to the east of Heathrow and right on the flight path. From my balconly I was looking at the planes struggling to cope with the conditions. Wing up, wing down the whole way in. It spurred me to go down there and check out the landings so I did. The spectators galery was closed due to the adverse conditions, so after 2 minutes of driving around I found a carpark right next to 27R-09L and watched them take off and even a few came in to land on 27R which is not the norm. A Finnair Airbus A320 had a particularly interseting landing by managing to stay only on its left side wheels for about half the runway with reverse thrust blazing away!Cheers,MothEGLL

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Moth,does that happen to be the Hertz car park which is near the threshold of 09L?I've also seen them taking off from 27R from there (on a noram day though) and it was pretty imprssive to see a 747 rotate about 50 meters away from you

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Seba,It has to be by the sounds of it. It's the huge car park right on the runway. You have the Renaissance Hotel behind you. If it's not, then it's the next car park along that A4 straight. The car park that I was in had different sections marked by colours i.e. orange section, green section, pink section.I drove the whole way up the length of the car park to the chicken wire to watch. I wasn't by the threshold of 09L (as I didn't drive to the right upon entering the car park but left...) so I was about 500m up from the threshold of 27R. However, you can choose your spot depending on which plane is your favourite so you can be right by rotation points. As you say it's about 50m from the runway and it's really something to be that close, especially to rumble sensations of the heavies :) I was also fortunate enough to witness a double F15 landing up at RAF Lakenheath. Again, you stand on the flight path as they come in due to the Swaffham road configuration (see the red road to the right of the map). They approach through the clearing in the forest and they come straight at you. As they pass over they are about 100 foot directly above you. I nearly shook to death as they came in and you must protect your ears with your hands. There is a serious high pitch whine that accompanies them.Worth checking out on a sunny day if you take a trip to Norfolk!Cheers,MothEGLLhttp://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?X=5...&up.x=22&up.y=6

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My best spot is near the Long Term car park close to the threshold of 27R. If you follow the signs for long term parking, then pull off anywhere around the small white huts (which is grandly called the Eastern Business area or something) - it's the Eastern Perimeter Road. Best on the weekend, because the businesses aren't so busy - and I've never been bothered by the police or airport security there. If 27L is in use - then you have to come off the A30 at the Hatton Cross crossroads. Turn right at the lights, then right again. Try not to annoy local residents, but I've been able to park in Myrtle Ave and then there's a green at the end of the dead end road, and you get good views of 27L landings. Unfortunately, if the Easterly runways are in use, I've yet to find a good spot.Gatwick is also tricky - best if 08R is in use - avoid the perimeter road, cos there's double yellows and I've been warned by Police there before. Best to go through Charlwood village, then take the Ifield Road - and pull in when you see the last of the approach lights. If 26L is in use - then it's best to take the B2036 from Horley or Crawley Down - and pull into an unclassified road with some cottages on one side under the final approach path.Gosh, I wish I hadn't started thinking about this!http://www.btinternet.com/~rob.corp/images/sig.jpg

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Rob,Many thanks for this information. As the observation deck was closed and the majority of landings were actually on 27L where you get the best view, I wish that I had this 'extra' knowledge on Sunday. It would have made things alot more interesting to say the least! Oh well, at least I know for next time!Cheers :-beerchugMothEGLL

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>I live 18nm directly to the east of Heathrow and right on >the flight path.>Moth >EGLL I grew up in Fulham - right underneath the approach into 27L :-)Now I live under the approach into runway 10 at Manston, so I only see freighters such as the DC-8, 747 or the occasional IL-76.

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"Want some challenging weather?"NO thanks I've just been through this........Storms are a serious business 'real life'... but I couldn't resist this one.....Cheers//Tonni :-)

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Nick,I see the CP-1 plotter at work there :-lol. Spot on! I don't know if you saw the Jubilee celebrations this year, but I had an excellent view of Concorde flanked by the red arrows, then the Hercules, then the C-17 etc. The Mall is on 27L's path so they came right over the top a minute later...Kiwi - what weather system are you using for your simming. I have MSFS 2002....Cheers, MothEGLL

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