Nervous fliers may have more bumpy rides to worry about in the years to come. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found climate change could cause up to three times as much clear-air turbulence (CAT) between 2050 and 2080.
CAT is caused when a mass of air moving at a certain speed meets another mass of air moving at a different speed. It’s typically created by factors like atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts or thunderstorms.
This type of turbulence is known to induce a lot of fear and discomfort as it can be unexpected and occur without any kind of visual warning like clouds or a thunderstorm.
“When you hit CAT, it can literally break pieces off an airplane, it can be that strong — and it comes out of nowhere, we don’t know what conditions we’re going to see it in,” Rob Mark, a commercial pilot and publisher of JetWhine.com, told Fox News. Read more