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Fewer Flights Impact Weather Forecasts; jetBlue and Delta Help the Coronavirus Fight

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Weather forecasts may be hampered by the number of planes not flying right now.

Delta and jetBlue are contributing their help in the battle against COVID-19.

Those are some of the headlines and posts that caught my eye and I thought you, too, may find interesting.

Storm at the airport. View of the airplane through rain drops. Themes weather and delay or canceled flight.
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How Flight Groundings Affect Weather Forecasts

The weather forecast for my part of Los Angeles called for rain this past Saturday.

Not a drop fell. And it wasn’t the first time our recent weather forecasts weren’t as accurate as normal. (Which is really saying something for Southern California.)

If you think weather forecasts may be a little off right now, you’re probably not wrong.

Airline flights provide plenty of real-time weather information. Because fewer flights are operating now than even just a few weeks ago, much of that data is gone — and might be through the summer.

Delta Completes Tokyo Consolidation

Delta announced today the consolidation of its Tokyo flights to Haneda airport. The airline announced last year it would leave Narita.

Los Angeles, California - April 18, 2014: A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200 with the registration N655DL takes off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California. Delta Air Lines is the world's largest airline with 733 planes and some 160 million passengers in 2012. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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jetBlue and Delta: Answering the Call

Bravo, Delta and jetBlue!

Fox News’ Janine Puhak reports, “Delta is coordinating round-trip flights, free of charge, for qualified personnel to travel to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, while JetBlue is sending healthcare workers and desperately needed supplies to ‘places where they are needed most.’”

LAX: A Ghost Town

Each morning, KTLA (one of my local TV stations in Los Angeles) cuts to a live shot of the LAX horseshoe. The roadway used to be packed with traffic. These days, though, only a few cars zoom along its paths.

But what does it look like inside the airport?

Los Angeles Magazine compiled a series of Instagram posts showing a practically barren LAX.

New York Receives Some Comfort

The good news: hospital ship USNS Comfort arrived in New York City this weekend.

The bad news: people eschewed social distancing, flocking to check out the massive vessel.

Comfort‘s sister ship, Mercy, arrived in Southern California on Friday.

— Chris

Featured image: ©iStock.com/Tiffany Green

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