Strong winds cause problems

Difficulties at the airport this morning

Strong winds cause plane to stand off, seen on flight radar

The Diario reports that Madeira Airport starts this Wednesday in the worst way, with strong winds causing the first plane that tried to make it to the runway to “mess up” the landing, to quote the newspaper. The strong wind, with gusts of 71 km/hour and an average speed of 48.6 km/hour, made the first attempt of flight TP1711, from Porto, impossible to succeed. After failing to land, the plane positioned itself to wait for weather conditions
to improve.

Fortunately, Wednesdays are normally a fairly quiet day at the airport, with just a dozen flights due in before 14:00.

Meanwhile, another flight, the EJU69QR, which was also coming from Porto and had to make a short delay in the air, also tried to land a few minutes later despite the strong winds. Successfully, “but surely some bump” – again to quote the newspaper.

I have to admit to being very surprised that planes were landing yesterday morning considering the strength of the winds in Santa Cruz.

The TAP flight above later landed at 8:30, 40 minutes late.

1 thought on “Strong winds cause problems”

  1. Seafarer’s saying :- ” Sun up – Wind up, Sun Down Wind Down ” – simply refers to the meteorological condition of Land and Sea Breezes and the daytime heating effect of the sun which particularly affects islands during periods of increased heat as experienced by Madeira lately. Good explanation below courtesy

    “Land and sea breeze patterns can influence fog distribution and pollution accumulation or dispersion over inland areas. Current research on land and sea breeze circulation patterns also include attempts to model wind patterns that affect energy requirements (e.g., heating and cooling requirements) in affected areas as well as impacts on weather dependent operations (e.g., aircraft operations).

    Air above the respective land and water surfaces is warmed or cooled by conduction with those surfaces. During the day, the warmer land temperature results in a warmer and therefore, less dense and lighter air mass above the coast as compared with the adjacent air mass over the surface of water. As the warmer air rises by convection, cooler air is drawn from the ocean to fill the void. The warmer air mass returns to sea at higher levels to complete a convective cell. Accordingly, during the day, there is usually a cooling sea breeze blowing from the ocean to the shore. Depending on the temperature differences and amount of uplifted air, sea breezes may gust 15 to 20 miles per hour (13 to 17 knots [nautical miles per hour]). The greater the temperature differences between land and sea, the stronger the land breezes and sea breezes.

    After sunset, the air mass above the coastal land quickly loses heat while the air mass above the water generally remains much closer to its daytime temperature. When the air mass above the land becomes cooler than the air mass over water, the wind direction and convective cell currents reverse and the land breeze blows from land out to sea”.

    Looks like the Airfarers are in for an interesting week as the prevailing Northerly breeze is forecast to continue for the next week or so enhanced by these sea breezes at times, bringing gusts on or around the operational limits for FNC.


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