Standing in the rain, filming jets coming in... (video)

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Low and slow over Point Loma in a storm crosswind
 Saturday evening there was a big storm, wind blowing the wrong way - out to sea.  This is rare in San Diego and my favorite result of such a wind is that is causes airplanes to land the "wrong" way at the airport downtown.  From Point Loma you can watch them come over low and slow as they skim the tall ridge that's right in the approach path. Taking off they strain to catch the wind and jump over downtown, the tall building looming just yards beyond the end of the runway.

Tonight a huge storm was brewing off the coast, swirling in from Alaska - the first real rain in months. In the calm before the storm the air was being sucked out into the storm front before the full fury was released as it came back onshore later in the night. Any weather at all is a big deal in San Diego, it generally never changes much here.

The good part you'll find about San Diego International is that it's literally in the middle of downtown, a few minutes walk from the city center. The downside is that as the planes skim the skyscrapers on the normal approach they scare the crap out of both the tourists on the plane and the ones under it : )

cneoridium says:
Yes, it's pretty rare, only when there's a huge storm or the "Santa Ana" winds. Maybe 5 times a year the Santa Ana howls in out of the desert, shriveling plants, knocking down trees, setting huge areas of the county on fire... and reversing the airport!

This time it was the rarer of the two... a huge storm.
Posted on: Jun 27, 2010
vulindlela says:
Pretty neat!
I have landed in SAN nearly 100 times and have never landed in that direction...
Posted on: Jun 27, 2010
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Low and slow over Point Loma in a…
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