It's that time of year, when the weather actually changes in Southern California - if only for a little while. We've had several weather systems bring us rain recently, and we've run East traffic at LAX each time. In one instance, for a couple of days, although a few hours is more common. A recent example: This past Sunday, we transitioned from the overnight "Over Ocean" procedures directly into east traffic, as the winds were out of the east at around ten knots. It rained off and on all morning (and flooded the Sepulveda tunnel), but just after lunchtime, the winds unexpectedly shifted with a vengeance and were out of the west at up to seventeen knots. So we scrambled to turn things around and went west. But, since we're west most of the time, most of the pictures I've shown you are of west traffic operations. So this is how things look when we're east traffic:
The approach end of the runways, in this case, the 7s:
Even the radar display looks different. This shot was taken at a quiet moment one evening a couple of weeks ago, during another east traffic session:
To all of you in the US: Happy Thanksgiving! To those around the world who are not engaging in gluttony and preparation for insane shopping: Happy Thursday!