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Standard airline time

http://www.bts.gov/oai/ontime.htm

Here's a database that might make some frequent flyers shudder. The U.S. Department of Transportation's on-time airline reports are posted here monthly. You can look up individual flights, aggregated airline information, or -- more to the point for us, individual city information. This is useful if you are planning a tight connection in another city and you want to see if your inbound flight usually makes it on time. For local information, you use a search engine provided here, entering Oklahoma City as either a destination or as a starting point. Then you get the latest arrival information. The Geek won't use the airline's name here, but one recent flight to Chicago arrived, on average, 51 minutes late. Yikes. That's meteorologist England to you, sir http://www.kwtv.com/index.html Lots of good stuff on the home page for KWTV, Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, but a couple of them rank especially high on the Geek's coolness index. One is the "tower cam" page, which every four minutes automatically snaps a photo from 600 feet up and updates itself on your browser. An onscreen stamp gives you time of the last photo and current time. (Okay okay, lots of tower cams around the country but they aren't showing our own town now, are they?) The other is Doppler 9000XL, which wouldn't be a bad name for a German sports car but instead is the station's fancy weather radar system. It, too, is linked to a Web page at this site, and it also updates every four minutes. This must be one big honking radar, since its sweep goes from about Kansas City to Austin -- fascinating to watch storms move across this big region. When our weather gets particularly intense the station narrows the scan area to something closer to home. Put this on a big screen and you'll feel like weatherman Gary England. …

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