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Massive storm with 90MPH+ winds sweeps through O'Hare 07.01.2012

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Published on Jul 28, 2012

This is what happens when a storm hits a busy airport and flights get stuck on the tarmac until the skies clear enough for safe aircraft operations

I'd wanted to spend Sunday July 1st spotting outside O'Hare and my phone's weather app. only warned me about 100°+ heat. Shortly after I got to what I thought was the perfect location, these dark clouds blew in from the Northwest. The temperature dropped about 30 degrees in under 15 minutes, it was amazing. It went right back up to the high 90's once the storm clouds cleared.

You can see a lot of heavy airplanes holding on the apron off Runways 28 and 22L as the storm passes. I myself was sheltered in a bus shelter hoping the 90+ MPH straight-line winds that came with this storm wouldn't blow it over. There was a bit of rain, but the winds were so strong basically no rain touched the ground.

Once the storm passed, because I was fine and I wasn't about to let a storm affect my day, I caught all these videos for July 1. It's taken me a while to get them all up, but I finally finished. On the way home, I saw downed trees on top of cars, houses, etc., downed power lines, and tree debris everywhere and large parts of the Chicago area were without power for close to a week. I'm just really glad O'Hare wasn't affected for long and I was able to catch all these July 1 flights.

I'm really late in uploading this, but here it finally is.

Recorded with a Canon PowerShot SX40 HS on Sunday, July 1st, 2012.

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