Weather Blog: Hailey flight diverted to Twin Falls

Published: Nov. 16, 2017 at 11:23 AM MST
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Rain and snow aren't the only highlights to be discussed as the clouds have also made for an exciting evening across the Magic Valley and more specifically Hailey.

Friedman Memorial Airport actually diverted a flight to Twin Falls Wednesday night due to an incredibly low ceiling. The airport sits in a rather interesting spot where it’s in-between a couple mountains to where it sits in its own little valley. With little mixing Wednesday night and relatively warm temperatures at the surface, as the cold mountain air came down the mountains and warmed it condensed and created some incredibly low level clouds. This process actually happens everyday, but normally in the opposite direction. Normally air rises, cools, and condenses, where last night it sunk, warmed, and condensed.

Between 9 p.m. Wednesday and early Thursday morning the ceiling height was between 100 and 500 feet. That is far too low of a ceiling for a plane to land like the plane that was supposed to land at 10:50 Wednesday night, but was instead diverted to Twin Falls.