Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m fairly used to seeing the planes approach and depart from certain general directions on most days.
Today was somewhat unusual, but not unheard of. Mild, humid air, chances of rain but none really ever fell, cloud ceilings at 10,000’ish feet, and wind out of S to SE.
Typically don’t see planes come straight in from east to west over the East Bay hills on approaches to KOAK and KSFO, but they were doing it through most of the evening.
Good opportunity to run in the house, grab the binoculars, and check out the view between innings of the baseball game. At my place in the East Bay, saw several SWA’s making their approach, and even some UPS and FedEx tri-motors. I presumed those were DC-10’s, but checking Flight Aware, the UPS was actually an MD-11. Not too good at telling the two apart 6k high, and 3 miles laterally, but what a site to see when I usually only see the departures at 12k from my location.
The wind should come from the SE more often… makes plane spotting much more interesting.