Fog stalls air traffic in Juneau again

Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Thick fog continued to ground Juneau flights Tuesday and weather forecasters said no clearing was expected until Wednesday.

Only three of eight scheduled Alaska Airlines flights were able to leave Juneau on Monday, and the grounding continued throughout Tuesday.

Juneau had an unusual amount of fog over the past week, when low-lying clouds forced the airline to cancel 11 flights.

''We've had more flights that couldn't make it in in the last couple of weeks than would normally be canceled in a year, I would say,'' said airline spokesman Jack Walsh.

Fog forms when moisture-laden air cools and condenses into ground-level clouds. The clouds sit at ground level until warmer temperatures cause them to evaporate or until winds blow them away.

The National Weather Service initially predicted the fog would clear up soon after noon Tuesday. But the fog still lingered Tuesday evening and forecasters said it could stick around until early Wednesday afternoon.

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