Today I embarked on a very windy and challenging flight from Seattle-Tacoma (KSEA) to Anchorage (PANC) on board the Alaskan 739. After climbing to about FL340, flying over the Seattle bay I met some very incredible wind speeds of nearly 100 knots, making for a very turbulent flight. I had to ascend and then descend to various flight levels and even completely change my flight plan mid flight to avoid going over the coastline, where the heavy winds originated from after referencing windy.com (a very good source for wind speeds and weather issues). I had to divert to another airport after realizing I had used much more fuel than anticipated while climbing.
I wanted to make this announcement for all of the community’s challenge-hungry pilots who are looking for a chance to fly through some intense winds. This very interesting weather system is going to be off the western Canadian seaboard until around Monday December 17th. Please check it out if you have the chance! I personally have never experienced winds this heavy on an IF flight, and I learned a lot from the experience. My suggestions for you if you are looking to fly through this are pack plenty of fuel and be prepared to divert/re-route.
Please reference Windy.com for further information.
Hope you enjoy this rare North Pacific weather. Happy flights!