Air turbulence flying
I have been researching the net to find some information but I didn't managed so I decided to write to you. Once I've read in the newspaper about something really interesting for me. It was an interview in which a guy described his flight from Europe to the US. There were really serious turbulences during the flight. As he said, it was the time of the year when the weather changes every year and the turbulences over the Pacific Ocean are really serious.
Cabin Crew (as he said) confirmed that information. And that's why I decided to ask you - is there really such a period in the year when flying over the Pacific Ocean
may be really annoying? If yes, when does it occur?
I would be very grateful for the reply.
With kind regards,
Magdalena SBarry's Response
Turbulence is air
movement that normally cannot be seen. It arises from atmospheric pressures, jet streams, mountain waves, cold or warm fronts, orthunderstorms. Passangers and crew complain of a choppy feel during theflight and may get tossed about in severe cases.
Common causes are
1) Thermals - Heat from the sun makes warm rise and cold air sink.
2) Jet streams - Fast, high-altitude air currents change direction,
disturbing the nearby air where planes fly.
3) Mountains - Air passes over mountains and causes turbulence as it flows above the air on the other side. This one won't be the case over the Pacific.
4) Wake turbulence - from the plane itself
5) Microbursts - from storms.
The most common ones over the ocean should be 1, 2 and 5, depending on how high the plane is. As the jets usually fly above, say, 30,000 feet, they are likely affected most by the jet stream. Now in the autumn (October to December over the north Pacific) the jet stream sweeps southward, often covering large amounts of air space in a single day. This is an upper cold front and causes air to move in many directions, including vertical ones. This causes a passing plane to jar up and down suddenly.
This won't happen to every flight, but significantly more than at other times of the year. It's usually harmless, but annoying, as you say.
Good LuckMagda's Response
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