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Old Apr 2, 2023, 9:19 am
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DFW Weather alert

There is pretty nasty weather forecasted in the Metroplex today from 5-8 PM give or take an hour. They say golf ball hail and larger plus tornadoes are a possibility. Of course the weather forecasters here in DFW are notoriously always way off. Anyway if you have connections here this afternoon I would look at them now.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 11:10 am
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Originally Posted by enviroian
There is pretty nasty weather forecasted in the Metroplex today from 5-8 PM give or take an hour. They say golf ball hail and larger plus tornadoes are a possibility. Of course the weather forecasters here in DFW are notoriously always way off. Anyway if you have connections here this afternoon I would look at them now.
People say that about all meteorologist, no matter where they are. The fact is, like most things, it's an imperfect science and yet, on the whole, they are very, very good and predictions now, especially in the 1-3 days beforehand. There is nothing on radar as of now, so there should be no reason to proactively cancel. It's not expected to be some widespread outbreak of tornado activity. Like always, a few cells may potentially cause some hail and at worst, a tornado, but even that is still relatively rare. These storms typically form a 'line' and in 99% of cases, are over nearly as soon as they start. Planes can typically just hold and then once the line passes the airfield. work their way in.

People also make the same, dumb, asinine comments about drivers and weather. It doesn't matter where you are located, you hear the line: "Driver's here don't know how to drive in rain, snow, ice, etc". Like anyone, really does. It's such a goofy statement. Slow down and drive with caution, applies to any weather event, no matter where you are driving, but I digress.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 11:28 am
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Originally Posted by F1.Cullen
People say that about all meteorologist, no matter where they are. The fact is, like most things, it's an imperfect science and yet, on the whole, they are very, very good and predictions now, especially in the 1-3 days beforehand. There is nothing on radar as of now, so there should be no reason to proactively cancel. It's not expected to be some widespread outbreak of tornado activity. Like always, a few cells may potentially cause some hail and at worst, a tornado, but even that is still relatively rare. These storms typically form a 'line' and in 99% of cases, are over nearly as soon as they start. Planes can typically just hold and then once the line passes the airfield. work their way in.

People also make the same, dumb, asinine comments about drivers and weather. It doesn't matter where you are located, you hear the line: "Driver's here don't know how to drive in rain, snow, ice, etc". Like anyone, really does. It's such a goofy statement. Slow down and drive with caution, applies to any weather event, no matter where you are driving, but I digress.
Thanks I'm well aware of how storms form here in the DFW area. Predicting them however unless it's 10 minutes out hasn't proven very accurate TBH.

When planes "hold and work their way in" at DFW means delays and domino effect cancellations. Flying out of this airport almost every week for 6 years I firsthand can experience the havoc weather creates to DFW.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 11:45 am
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Thanks I'm well aware of how storms form here in the DFW area. Predicting them however unless it's 10 minutes out hasn't proven very accurate TBH.

When planes "hold and work their way in" at DFW means delays and domino effect cancellations. Flying out of this airport almost every week for 6 years I firsthand can experience the havoc weather creates to DFW.
100%. Sitting on 2114 now from SNA-DFW. Even if the weather doesn’t spin up like they say, some of the damage is already done. Bunch of folks getting text message for pre cancellations of their connections. Mine is still intact, so I’ll roll the dice, hang out in the FL lounge and hope the DFW Hyatt has rooms if I get stuck. Thanks for the update. Cheers!
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Currently deciding whether I want to brave a ~6pm landing at DFW with an onward flight at ~7pm (both in FC) or take a direct Frontier flight from my origination point.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 1:07 pm
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Someone posted this to one of the AA Facebook groups. Glad to see AA being proactive about this.

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Received a phone call early this morning from an agent saying they were proactively monitoring flights into DFW today. She asked if I would not mind being moved to an earlier flight today to be on the safe side.
Luckily, my plans were flexible and I opted to make the switch. I received 10k miles for my inconvenience and I learned my original flight was just canceled.
AA Team really came through today!
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 2:11 pm
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Originally Posted by F1.Cullen
People say that about all meteorologist, no matter where they are. The fact is, like most things, it's an imperfect science and yet, on the whole, they are very, very good and predictions now, especially in the 1-3 days beforehand.
Correct. Meteorologists are way more accurate than the people criticizing them with anecdotal observations and confirmation bias.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 2:46 pm
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Originally Posted by ikwia
Currently deciding whether I want to brave a ~6pm landing at DFW with an onward flight at ~7pm (both in FC) or take a direct Frontier flight from my origination point.
Hopefully that direct Frontier flight isn't a one-stop via DFW!

Seriously, AA will make your decision for you. No way that a ~6pm arrival at and ~7pm departure from DFW is going to be on time tonight.

Aircraft already in holds all over the Texas skies. AA2603 just given a hold at POPSY with an EFC almost an hour away; second holding pattern they've had to go into night.

Edited to add: and now AA2603 is going backwards - back to CLEWS.

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Old Apr 2, 2023, 3:17 pm
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 3:26 pm
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Not 5 minutes after we got to the gate and I deplaned did they shut down the ramp for lightning. Bit of hail too. Connection is now late. Ramp is open but forecast and the residual back up may start taking a toll on the rest of the evening. Cheers!
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Not 5 minutes after we got to the gate and I deplaned did they shut down the ramp for lightning. Bit of hail too. Connection is now late. Ramp is open but forecast and the residual back up may start taking a toll on the rest of the evening. Cheers!
Residual backup is kind of an understatement. Lots of DFW flights on final as we speak...

...on final at airports like AUS, SHV, etc...!
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We watched multiple emergency vehicles escort a 77W to D23 or D25 about an hour ago.

Just now pushing back from the gate on AY20 about 5 minutes late. Perhaps this particular inbound and outbound were timed just right to miss the mess.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 4:09 pm
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Appears the NE and SE cornerposts are still shut down so flights currently in the air from east of DFW will have to overfly the Metroplex by 150 miles and pick up the arrivals from the NW and SW.

Would expect the SE cornerpost to open soon but that's nasty group of thunderstorms moving E/NE towards Arkansas and SE Oklahoma.
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Old Apr 2, 2023, 5:59 pm
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As an aside, a couple of years I took my "Dang! long" layover at DFW to the American Airlines CR Smith museum.

Cost $20 IIRC, and totally worth it in every way - history, education, and aviation interest.

One of the exhibits is exactly today's situation. The exhibit is all about IRROPS and "how would you handle it"? Gave me a much higher appreciation regarding proactive traffic-shifting.

All the best, James
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Old Apr 3, 2023, 9:11 am
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Originally Posted by Herb687
Hopefully that direct Frontier flight isn't a one-stop via DFW!

Seriously, AA will make your decision for you. No way that a ~6pm arrival at and ~7pm departure from DFW is going to be on time tonight.
LOL, no, it was actually non-stop, which is what I should have said.

I took the chance with the AA itinerary. They actually undelayed my first segment a bit and there was a small delay on my connecting flight, so all in all, it worked out very nicely.
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