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In the last year, turbulence related injuries have doubled in the U.S. Just recently, clear air turbulence injured several people near Bangkok. While turbulence has caused airplane crashes, for the most part turbulence is nothing to worry about. Airplanes are built to withstand the bumps.
But climate change is making things bumpier.
A new study by Paul Williams published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences modeled aircraft turbulence under a number of different climate change scenarios over the Atlantic and found that turbulence will increase as a result of the increase of wind shear at cruising altitudes. What is fascinating about the study is that he looked at the likelihood of light, moderate, and severe turbulence in clear air settings and found that the greatest increase is in the severe category with an increase of 149%.
Check out the article here.
While the increase in turbulence will not stop aircraft from flying, it certainly will make flying even more uncomfortable and more dangerous.