It’s barely spring and yet those pesky thunderstorms so common during the summer months are now upon us. Rain and thunderstorms are expected during the evening hours today and we may see delays at the New York are airports including JFK, EWR, LGA and HPN.
As we’ve shared previously, thunderstorms can happen at any time of year, but warmer weather conditions, namely moisture and quickly rising warm air, make for a perfect storm. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service, there are about 16 million thunderstorms a year. With that many, a couple are bound to impact our 800 daily flights.
With the majority of our operations along the East Coast, where moisture and hot air are abundant throughout the warmer months, we face a real operational challenge during bad weather. Uneven pockets of air that thunderstorms produce mean turbulent air space, as well as strong winds and lightning. When we can’t plan ahead because a storm’s path and effects are unpredictable, we work closely with our Dispatch team, our pilots, the airports, and the FAA to ensure that we’re up and flying as soon as its safe to do so.