Large swathes of the UK trapped at home because of Storm Eunice are distracting themselves with Big Jet TV, a gripping YouTube livestream that shows commercial aircraft attempting to land at Heathrow airport while battling winds of up to 100 mph.
On Friday, a storm hit the UK that forecasters believe to be one of the worst in 30 years, with a red warning issued for London and most of the south of England.
For context, in cities like London, we’re not great with dramatic weather conditions, literally — the slightest weather inconvenience can bring us to a standstill.
There are significant reports of damage across the country, including the sail cover of the O2 Arena in London being ripped to shreds and major damage to homes and trees.
But we’re also culturally not built to take very serious things seriously, so it’s not surprising that in the midst of one of the worst storms to hit, many of us are glued to Big Jet TV.
The star of it all is Jerry Dyer and his BAFTA Award–worthy commentary that has captured just under 240,000 viewers and a large section of the internet.
Pitched as the “most exciting live aviation channel on YouTube,” on a day like this, Dyer has not disappointed and his channel has exploded in popularity, gaining 45k new subscribers over the past 24 hours. His audience continues to grow. Who knew that so many of us were aviation stans?
Dyer tried to answer every question and comment coming up in the chat for his YouTube stream in between the planes landing and had to battle for sound with the storm.
At one point Dyer paused and shouted, “How are you doing out there, are you good? What a day.”
A viewer asked if a “touch and go” landing had taken place and Dyer said no and that it would be a very rare occurrence. A “touch and go” maneuver is done when an aircraft realizes it would struggle to land after touching the runway and returns to land properly later. This happened just two weeks ago and was also captured by Dyer.
Storm Eunice was predicted to bring “damaging and disruptive winds,” with a record-breaking 122 mph wind gust reported on the Isle of Wight. True to the warnings, people online have been sharing just how bad the conditions are around them.
The storm is responsible for shredding the iconic O2 arena, which had to be evacuated after damage to its cover.
Trees have been uprooted.
Buildings have been damaged.
Some people have literally been swept off their feet.
While others have embraced the wind for meaningful purposes.
And it stole this person’s glasses.
But at least we have Big Jet TV to watch.
Ikran Dahir contributed reporting to this story.