posted on Feb, 9 2008 @ 07:06 PM
Originally posted by Numb2itall
reply to post by OzWeatherman
Well I'm not sure what to think honestly...
It has been pretty much clear solid blue skies here since that day
I understand that, but weather does change and forecasters do get it wrong
With a few occasional airliners with contrails but that day there seemed to be way more air traffic and the were flying lower and criss crossing all
over the place
It was probably the location of the jetstream. Due to the high wind speeds, aircraft use them as sort of a speed burst, which decreases flight time
and reduces fuel consumption. They also avoid flying against them for the oppsoite reasons, ie longer flight time and more fuel consumed
Like I said earlier the sky became gray there was so much of it in the sky and stayed that way for the remainder of the day
Sounds like the contrails spread out into a layer of cirrostratus, which is a type of high level cloud. Do you have any pictures by any chance?
I haven't noticed that much traffic since then, wouldn't airliners follow the same routine?
No, like I mentioned earlier and along with the jetstream, there are several factors like severe weather which can cause aircraft to divert normal
flight paths. The criss crossing is just aircraft crossing over other flight paths.