Late last week, the jet stream in the North Atlantic, racing along at over 200 mph, propelled trans-Atlantic aircraft to near supersonic speeds of 745 mph (the speed of sound is 761 mph).
The rip-roaring high altitude winds shaved one to two hours off trans-Atlantic flight times – an unexpected bonus for passengers. But the raging high altitude current of air also energized a vigorous storm and dangerous ground winds (exceeeding 100 mph in some areas), which made landing planes in affected areas quite the adventure.
Amazing and frightening video of planes attempting to land has emerged from two airports in northern Europe late last week.
Watch a propeller plane get blown around on descent to Leeds Bradford Airport in West Yorkshire, England on January 9:
As part of the same video, see considerably larger jets touch down with their noses angled well away from the center of the runway.
The Weather Channel reports surface winds were clocked at around 60 mph when these planes were landing.
On January 11, an aircraft landing at Sylt Airport in northern Germany was also whipped around by a howling cross-wind:
The winds proved not only a hazard for planes, but for boats as well.
Watch giant waves swallow a vessel headed into Scrabster Ferry Terminal located in Scrabster on the north coast of Scotland on January 9:
You can get a sense for the storm’s massive field on January 8, the day before it slammed ashore, in the image below: