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Hurricane Hitting US East Coast

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There is currently a hurricane hitting the east coast of the US, making landfall on the North Carolina coast. Weather radar shows that it's over Cape Hatteras area now. Hopefully it will not be too bad, and there will not be any loss of life or property. 

 

If you have a realistic weather program, this might be an opportune time to fly in extreme weather. I have "simulate hurricanes" checked in ASN, maxed out all the upper limits to winds, and it's a wild ride. Not quite what I imagined, but still quite intense, and ASN conditions seem to match the Hatteras/Mitchell METAR report, updated 23 minutes ago. Winds are maxed at 42kts. One gust while you are taxiing and you could be airborne in a small aircraft.   

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I don't remember which hurricane it was, but there was one in the past where the ride was pretty bad, even in a Boeing 747-400.

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Just flying right past it. Hurricane Arthur. I'm doing the real world flight KMIA - KBWI. Route takes me past the hurricane, basically a quarter of a wing into it. I went into a cloud and huge amount of wind caused my plane almost to over speed and I then lost 20 knots. I'm using Active Sky Next. Pretty accurate. 

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Just flying right past it. Hurricane Arthur. I'm doing the real world flight KMIA - KBWI. Route takes me past the hurricane, basically a quarter of a wing into it. I went into a cloud and huge amount of wind caused my plane almost to over speed and I then lost 20 knots. I'm using Active Sky Next. Pretty accurate. 

If you look at flightaware, there are planes going past the edges of the storm. Kinda crazy, I'm glad I'm not on one of those planes right now.

 

The conditions in the sim have become brutal. 85kt winds from 180 degrees of variable direction. Extremely low viz. My Lancair keeps spinning around violently when I taxi. I can no longer make it to the runway I want, had to make due with the runway the wind carried me to. 

 

I went sideways as soon as it was airborne. It simply won't fly straight, and feels more like I am riding a kite than flying an airplane. Not sure how to make it down again unless I fly out of the hurricane, and probably need to go with the flow of the wind. In real life, pretty sure the airplane would be ripped to pieces but pretty amazing that FSX/ASN can simulate something this extreme. 

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AZ is/was being hit by a monstrosity of a dust storm, it was completely brown outside, the sky was just filled with sand and dirt! Might be an opportune time to fly in for some of that flying, if it's even simulated by ASN. A few flights were even cancelled because of that storm!

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AZ is/was being hit by a monstrosity of a dust storm:

 

Date. - UTC/GMT Time. - Airport?? That sounds interesting!

 

 

 

I was just about to post about the 'Cain. I'm about to head out into it now.

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