Saturday, September 26, 2020

High Wind Forecast for 10/31 Could Increase Airplane Noise Over Southlake

The City of Southlake received the following from DFW Airport Noise Office:

Construction on the west side parallel runways was completed last Sunday, however, the National Weather Service is forecasting high velocity west cross winds for this afternoon between about noon and 5 p.m. West wind velocities of 22 mph with gusting up to 31 mph are predicted. If the forecast is valid, the FAA will have to launch jet aircraft from Runway 31L over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine during all or part of that period. As soon as the wind shifts back to a more northerly direction, forecast for about 5 p.m., or the crosswind velocity decreases, jet departures over Southlake and Grapevine will cease.

Because of the success of the construction projects this year on the two west side, parallel runways, for the first time in four years, there are no plans for extended maintenance closures of either west side parallel runway next year. It is planned to close Runway 13R/31L, the west side diagonal runway, for 60 days next summer. If federal funding is provided for that project there will be no arrivals or departures to/from the west diagonal during the 60 day closure. At present it appears that the only reason for jet departures over Southlake and Grapevine from Runway 31L next year would be for high velocity west cross winds such as that forecast for this afternoon.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us. The web address for the Noise Office is The telephone Hotline is manned 24/7 and is 972-973-3192.