Believe it or not, I have some friends that actually like turbulence when they fly. I’m not one of them, although over the years I’ve become a lot less nervous when my plane encounters it. I used to be afraid to fly, and they say turbulence is the most common fear associated with the fear of flying.
No matter your feelings on turbulence, MyFlightForecast.com’s Turbulence Forecast is a really cool tool. It not only defines what turbulence is, but also shows you where turbulence has been reported on a map. The green arrow means light, orange means moderate and red means severe. It also has clickable turbulence reports (blue circle with a line through it) that show where pilots have reported turbulence, the classification (light, moderate or severe), and the altitude and type of plane from which the turbulence was reported.
BTW: According to the site: “Turbulence can be caused by a number of things, differential in surface temperatures causing a rising of air, the Jetstream, Weather Fronts, Thunderstorms or even other planes! What you need to understand is, turbulence is a very normal phenomenon, and it would be more uncommon for you to not have any turbulence, as opposed to experiencing some. Common areas of Turbulence are: Mountains, larger bodies of water, coast lines, warmer climates and flying in proximity to the Jetstream.”
Good to know: The Johnny Jet Travel-Related Weather page lists all kinds of weather maps including turbulence forecasts.
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