To show you how useless it is to depend on media recitations of "flight delays" during what the airlines call irregular operations, George Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport has a 100 percent ontime arrival rate this afternoon between 3 and 5 p.m. CDT. No delays!
Exactly one plane took off and dang, it was on time!
No planes arrived.
On the other hand, 936 flights have been canceled at IAH so far today.
Meanwhile, Flightstats.com was showing "excessive delays" at all three New York area airports, at Philadelphia and at O'Hare. That reflected the backup ripples from Houston and, in the New York area, some rain and clouds.
The F.A.A. Web site's map on airport delays (which has unaccountably sprung back to life in the last day or so, after being comatose for most of a year) has a merry little green dot over IAH. Click on it and you get this clueless information: "General arrival/departure delays are 15 minutes or less."