October 23, 2017

Global warming will make flying way worse (NYPost)

Global warming will make flying way worse (NYPost)

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

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