B'game has a love-hate relationship with SFO. We love being close; especially when you get in four hours late from New York at 2:30 am and you can be in your house in 10 minutes. But nights like tonight when the wind shifts and gusts to the 30-40 mph range we get the storm take-off and landing pattern. But I've lived in B'game for more than 20 years and I cannot recall seeing the landing pattern we are seeing today--and tonight!
I was walking home from the Ave. today and saw a commercial airliner come in low and slow over San Mateo Park, the Burlingame Country Club and I thought we were about to see another Asiana-type catastrophe. But after watching two more planes make the same approach and a hard left onto the short runway at SFO, I realized it is just a very special wind pattern. Here is another plane coming in for a landing on the short runway--taken from 101.
Mix in the various, but short, power outages from fallen trees and we have a dramatic evening at hand.