Skew-T Meteorologist in Kansas City

Long Way to California

Takeoff from runway 19L out of Kansas City International Airport
Takeoff from runway 19L out of Kansas City International Airport

Kansas City is 1500 miles away from San Francisco but unfortunately last week it took far longer than the usual four to six hours of traveling. Weather caused delays with both the inbound aircraft, as well as the flight to Denver, causing a diversion south into central Texas to avoid thunderstorm activity. Mechanical issues with the airplane caused another significant delay while maintenance personnel tracked down fluids leaking from the wing. Unfortunately this led to my missing the connecting flight, and with high load factors another vacant seat between the two hubs was not available until the following afternoon so I was forced to spend the night at an area hotel.

Thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle
Thunderstorms over the Texas Panhandle
Sofritos street tacos at Denver International Airport
Sofritos street tacos at Denver International Airport

The next day my new connecting flight was also delayed, this time first by air traffic compensation for weather causing capacity issues at SFO. This flight was also afflicted by mechanical issues though, this time a faulty avionics component. After an hour or so of troubleshooting, we were forced to deplane and find another aircraft. After an attempt to board quickly, the pilots timed out regardless forcing a wait for a new flight crew. Lunch was to be served, however we were cautioned against eating the food that went unrefridgerated for hours having been transferred from the previous plane.

More than 24 hours later, and about the same amount of time it would take to drive non-stop between the two cities, I arrived back in California. It was very unfortunate to lose a whole day out of an already short trip.

Flourless chocolate cake at Green's Restaurant in San Francisco
Flourless chocolate cake at Green's Restaurant in San Francisco
Glass at Green's overlooking the Marina
Glass at Green's overlooking the Marina