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Let me pose a question to you…how much do you think weather affects your daily schedule? Now, I don't mean being a minute late to work because you had to run back in house and grab an umbrella, but how does weather seriously impact your plans? Are you flying anywhere this summer? Fog, thunderstorms, freezing rain and heavy snow still halt flights and probably will for many years. It is just too dangerous to fly in any of those conditions. You'd think that with all of our technology we could fly aircraft into any sort of weather! You can avoid inconvenience of flight delays by planning around weather. Fog is most common in late fall and early spring, and usually lifts to a tolerable level by 10 a.m. Los Angeles, Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco get a lot of early morning fog during winter. Plan to arrive at those destinations during afternoon to avoid flight delays.
On other hand, summer thunderstorms rattle windows around Denver during late afternoon and evening, while Phoenix sees windy evening thunderstorms. Arrive by mid afternoon to avoid these nuisance storms. If you are heading into Midwest, thunderstorms tend to roll into Chicago and St. Louis after midnight, delaying red-eye flights. Just a little planning will save you hassle of finding something to do at airport while waiting for next flight, or worse yet, missing a connecting flight and ruining your vacation.
Did you know that today's weather will affect aches and pains you will feel in two or three days? At least that is what some physicians believe. I always thought today's weather brought me today's aches and pains, but it appears human body has a lag time of several days. It is possible to predict when you and I will feel these aches, pains and migraines a day or two in advance. Think of how wonderful it will be in future when you can call doctor and appointment desk will have an opening available for you because your medical records matched criteria for today's aches-and-pains index!
The use of weather information goes far beyond, "partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain." The price of food and convenience of having items stocked at your store, mini-golf place open when you'd like to go and supply of electricity for your home are all governed by weather. Your physical health is affected by weather. Many of things you will do this day will be based on weather - past, present and future.
Chris Orr is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist with more than 25 years of experience. His private practice includes work as an expert witness, weather forecasting and forecaster training. His column appears in the Rapid City Journal every Sunday. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his Web site www.rapidwx.com .