“Captain, we need to change your alternate to Shreveport. You can’t go to Dallas,” read the ACARS message from the dispatcher. “It is full.”
We were about halfway into the three and half hour flight from Newark to Houston. It was day one of a three day trip, but day four for me. I’d just finished another three day trip on Friday. Sometimes, I bid back to back trips to cut down on the commuting from Nashville.
Honestly, with Hurricane Harvey approaching the southeast coast of Texas, I expected to be canceled on Saturday and reassigned to a completely different trip. However, the forecast for the IAH area was reasonable enough for the airline to send the flight. Winds were not expected to exceed 30 knots at the outer boundaries of the massive storm.
The forecast was wrong.