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Home > Air Turbulence > Are we in for a bumpy ride?
Are we in for a bumpy ride?
Weather - Air Turbulence
Friday, 24 August 2012 09:32

Tracking Tropical Storm Isaac

Hello Captain,

We are due to fly into the Bahamas on Saturday morning and there will be wind gusts of 40-60 MPH over the islands from the storm.

Does that generally mean we're in for a very bumpy ride? I'm trying to set my expectations for how awful the flight will be.

Thanks for your public service. The site is great.

Jason

Hi Jason

As you can see from the YouTube video above, the path of Tropical Storm Isaac will traverse south of the Bahamas but the turbulence will still be felt over the Island.

Of course, any storms and strong winds will generate turbulence and consequently, a bumpy ride! There is nothing to fear as turbulence is not a safety issue in flight but rather a discomfort to those not used to it. (You know, some kids love it as it is like a long roller coaster ride!)

However, there is a limit to it. If the turbulence is too severe, the pilot would make an attempt to deviate further from the storm or refuse to land if he thinks it is unsafe. Alternately, if the forecast of the storm is exceeding the airplane’s limit to proceed, the airlines that fly you to Bahamas may delay or cancel the flight.

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Flying from New York to Barcelona
Dear Captain,
I'm flying from JFK-BCN in a few days and am extremely nervous about the flight as I hate turbulence and have continually heard turbulence increasing during summer. It's suppose to be sunny during take off and landing, do you think it'll be super bumpy? Its an evening to a morning flight.


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