Did you know that you can check air turbulence before you fly so you’ll know if your flight will be rocky or not?
Well you can!
There are a few great websites to check air turbulence for flights.
I’m going to share 3 of those websites with you today and show you how to use them.
1. One of the best places to check air turbulence is non other than www.turbulenceforecast.com. They forecast turbulence usually the night before your flight.
turbulenceforcast.com gives you general maps of possibly areas of turbulence right on their homepage. If you would like a personalized turbulence forecast by peter (the guy who runs turbulenceforecast.com), you can get them via email.
So basically, if you want a 1 on 1 consultation for your upcoming flight, you can get it from Peter. If you’re afraid of flying or you’re really concerned about your flight comfort, a consultation may be something you may take up. You can visit his website for more info.
Otherwise, the free turbulence forecasts are great! And one of the best things I like about their website is that they have pilot reports that shows actual turbulence in the past few hours. It’s mapped out for you as well. For example, you can check the U.S. air turbulence forecast map here.
2. Another excellent place to get turbulence forecasts is fear of flying.
Fear of flying is a website that helps people with their fear of flying. Along with that, they have an excellent flight turbulence forecaster.
Some of the things you’ll be able to check for are Canadian turbulence forecast, Europe turbulence forecast, trans-atlantic forecast, trans pacific forecast, and U.S. turbulence forecast. Many of them are broken down by time, for example, in the past 6 hours, 12 hours, or 24 hours.
A note about turbulence forecasters:
They are just what their name implies: FORECASTERS. It’s really not anything different than weather forecasts. The weatherman isn’t always right, and sometimes they can be waaaaay off. So it’s important to realize that even though a forecast may call for a smooth flight, you could experience something radically different. We are talking about mother nature after all.
It’s important to buckle up and prepare for a difficult and bouncy ride in case it actually happens. Another thing to note is that if a forecast calls for turbulent weather, it doesn’t mean there will be turbulence for sure. It is simply an indicator that you may experience turbulence on your flight.
Also, pilots can request to fly in a different height or route to get away from any turbulence – which could be a life saver.
Here’s a cool fun fact from fear of flying. I didn’t know this but I guess you learn something new every day!
Turbulence cannot cause a plane to fall. Air that is moving up and down causes up and down movement as the plane flies through. Up and down movement is limited, usually to an inch or less, The small amount of movement up and down is magnified by the speed of the plane, by awareness that the plane is high up, and by fear of falling. Pilots, because they know the facts and because they have complete control, simply cannot understand why passengers have any concern at all about turbulence.
Well I don’t know about the passenger worrying about turbulence part, but it’s neat to know that the up and down movements that cause turbulence only moves planes an inch or less. Sure as hell feels more than that when I’m flying!
3. The last website I want to share with you is www.aviationweather.gov. Here, you can get the same type of turbulence reports as the other websites I’ve listed so far.
For example, you can get pilot reports and current turbulence reports, with maps of each. This is a government website so maybe you may trust it more.
I’d say the best part about this website is that it features a continental U.S. map of pilot turbulence report that you can click on. It’s split up into 6 slices of the U.S. Clicking on one of them will give you a map of the area, which maps out turbulence for today.