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Windy conditions cancel Juneau flights Gusts break records at Eaglecrest

Posted: February 3, 2012 - 3:27pm  |  Updated: February 5, 2012 - 12:10am

Particularly gusty wind conditions Friday morning canceled four Alaska Airline trips from, or stopping in Juneau, with at least one flight delayed by weather.

Winds gusts were so high around Juneau on Friday that Eaglecrest Ski Area set a new record. Patricia deLaBruere deputy airport manager, said the Juneau Area Wind System clocked winds at Eaglecrest at 116 knots — 133.49 miles per hour. That data goes to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, deLaBruere said, and has "logged that as a new record wind peak for that wind sensor at Eaglecrest."

"NCAR has been working with the FAA for many years on the Juneau Area Wind System and how it affects flights," she said. "That’s an unusual spot. We have places with higher winds too, but that’s something people access all the time."

Morning flights didn't stand much of a chance with those kinds of winds. Four Alaska Airlines flights — 61, 62, 65 and 73 were canceled.

Flight 60 was delayed due to the morning winds. Flight 64 is also delayed, however deLaBruere isn't sure if that flight is delayed from residual decisions from morning winds or something else.

Alaska Airlines could not immediately be reached for comment.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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