CORONAVIRUS ALERT: Flight Carrying Americans Out Of Wuhan China To Land At Ontario International Airport With Santa Ana Winds In Progress, Update On Bryant’s Copter Crash


A flight carrying U.S. diplomats, family members and other Americans out of Wuhan, China, as a potentially deadly form of coronavirus continues to spread is expected to land at Ontario International Airport Wednesday during a major Santa Ana Wind Event.  Santa Ana Wind Events are known to spread sickness fast and they could not have picked the worst day to do so.  More information from me on Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash as well and a long range weather outlook – so read on for details.

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A Santa Ana Wind Watch (click here) was issued yesterday here at Southern California Weather Force over the micro-climate alert system and FB groups.  It never was given to the main Facebook page so make sure you join the micro-climate alert system group, email, or app by clicking here. A strong upper level jet from north to south will enter the region on Wednesday.  This will bring strong sinking off the mountain areas and into the adjacent valley zones.  The SCWF Wind Gust Model clearly shows at the moment that the Cajon Pass and Rim areas will be in a no-go zone to drive high-profile vehicles.  Because this doesn’t have other ingredients, I’ll only keep advisory level winds for parts of the SCV/IE areas and even wind gusts over advisory level expected in rare areas for this type of flow such as the Low Desert areas … The final update along with wind models will be out by Tuesday evening …

A flight from the center of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, carrying Americans and family members is scheduled to touchdown at Ontario International Airport on Wednesday.  With Santa Ana Winds in progress.  Santa Ana Winds have spread the flu across the region which is why this year had it early on during those events.

The coronavirus is similar to SARS.  If you already have a weak immune system, over 40, or have heart/lung issues then this would affect you most.  This is not something where the complications affect healthy teens and adults but it can affect little kids.  It is everything like the flu, just a bit worse.  So whatever precautions you do with the Flu, do with this virus.  If you wear masks, wear them.

The Santa Ana Winds will end by Thursday, but residual pass and canyon advisory winds will continue through Friday .. The SCWF Wind Gust Model/Scale is below


As for Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 the focus is whether the weather was the main factor here.  I still am holding onto my guns that it was not the MAIN factor and it was either pilot error or mechanical.  More questions on the very end of the flight exists.

The copter stayed below the cloud deck the entire time, not once saying IFR which means Instrument Flight Rules meaning the pilot could see under VFR (Visual Flight Rules). The METAR in the San Fernando Valley said 1100 FT for the ceiling HOWEVER that is ground level not sea-level so that is about 1900 FT ASL and he was flying under the deck the entire time. In the area of the crash, the hills are no more than 1500 FT for one of them. He went straight up on a U TURN to 2k and lost it somehow in there and dove down, to me sounds a lot like an upside dive … Weather NOR the hills caused HIM to crash … he did it himself by entering the ceiling when he was safe to begin with below it.  There are three possibilities here.
1.  The pilot lost control from mechanical problems.
2.  The pilot made an error by going into the cloud deck and lost visualization and slammed down to get out of it.
3.  Kobe Bryant demanded the pilot ignore all conditions and get to the deadlines, that of which he never liked to be late for.
However, one thing is certain, the cloud ceiling never went below 1900 FT at the time of the crash and the question remains why the pilot did a U-turn at the same time climbing over 800 FT before crashing back down.  That part will always be a question of mine.  He was safe below that ceiling and was able to see all the hilltops surrounding the area.

Long Range Preliminary.

January ended up being just below average in temperatures despite the warmer weekend coming up.  It also was below average in precipitation.  This was right along with the official Southern California Weather Force January 2020 forecast.  The February 2020 forecast will be officially released in a few days, but preliminary estimations are that we will have more rain than this month, likely mid/end and not so much the beginning as inside sliders for inland precipitation will happen only.  We are sitting at 7 inches of rain where meteorologists measure it from for Downtown Los Angeles.  I stated in my October 2019 video release (click here) that we would have nine to 13 inches of rainfall and with a meager January, this looks like we will be right on that scale as we needed January to push it higher.

Martin Wind Gust Intensity Scale –

8. Extensive widespread damage.

7. Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is considerable. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over CERTAIN.

6. SOME Trees are broken or uprooted, building damage is possible. – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Likely, Do NOT recommend Traveling in this zone

5. Slight damage occurs to buildings, shingles are blown off of roofs. HIGH WIND WARNING CRITERIA – High Profile Vehicle Roll-Over Possible if weight is not corrected.

4. Twigs and small branches are broken from trees, walking is difficult.

3. Large trees sway, becoming difficult to walk. POWER SHUTDOWN THRESHOLD WIND ADVISORY CRITERIA

2. Large tree branches move, telephone wires begin to “whistle”, umbrellas are difficult to keep under control.

1. Small trees sway.

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