For some time now I’ve mentioned that the air seems more turbulent. That there is more of a “bursty” nature to the winds in my area. As though there were more of a vertical component to the air flow. So this morning I’m watching The Weather Channel and for the first time I see them showing a map of turbulence reports, both at altitude and nearer ground level.
Now when you have a “black swan” event, it really is telling you something. And while turbulence may be watched closely by someone or other, it’s not something I’ve seen reported in a big way since the 1970’s when “microbursts” downed a couple of airliners and it was a ‘hot topic’ for a while. Basically, the “novelty” of the report matters.
This map is the present level of turbulence along with high surface winds. Most of the country is having issues. I have no idea where to get historical data to compare with the present status, but that there are such maps is encouraging. IMHO it is one of the ‘forgotten men’ of climate science. All these folks are staring at the thermometer and not paying any attention to the wind speed nor vertical winds. As it is quite a bit colder at altitude, the degree of vertical mixing seems like a key issue to me. And right now we have a lot of it.
Here is a live map and link to The Weather Channel Site.
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Have a ‘way cool’ global interactive map that looks sort of “google like” but with colored dots on them. Click a dot and you get what looks like a Pilot Report of turbulence. There are many over the USA, not so many in the rest of the world. So is this just a ‘normal weather event’ for the USA or has the trend to “more” put us over a threshold? I don’t know (and I don’t know where to get the historical trend data). But for now, we can at least enjoy the show… (And remember to “Hang onto your hat, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!” ;-)