Transatlantic Clear Air Turbulence to Double or Triple Due to Climate Change

Monday’s news of an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok that experienced extreme turbulence and injured 27 passengers, some with broken bones, was due to clear air turbulence. Unlike normal turbulence, clear air turbulence occurs without a storm system or clouds and gives pilots no warning at all. CBS spoke to one scientist about the incident and he claims that we are going to see 2-3x more occurrences that could by strong enough to hospitalize passengers by the end of the century, all due to climate change.

According to researchers, rising carbon dioxide levels could destabilize the fast moving air currents of the transatlantic jet stream, an area that currently sees up to 3,000 flights each day. They predict a 149 percent spike in severe air turbulence, along with longer travel times, increased delays and, inevitably, higher ticket prices.

Aerospace engineers also warn that while planes are meant to withstand all kinds of turbulence, more regular beatings will require frequent integrity checks. During 2016, there were 44 turbulence-related injuries investigated by the FAA, up more than double from 2015.

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Comments

  1. I don’t think I will waste a lot of my time worrying about that ……Good Morning America report from 2008:

    The images show Manhattan shrinking against the onslaught of the rising seas — in 2015. Last year. Gasoline was supposed to be $9 per gallon. Milk would cost almost $13 per gallon. Wildfires would rage, hurricanes would strike with ever-greater intensity. By the end of the clip I was expecting to see the esteemed doctors Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, and Ray Stantz step forward to predict, “Rivers and Seas boiling!” “Forty years of darkness!” And of course the ultimate disasters: “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together . . . Mass hysteria!”

  2. BS. According to Al Gore, we are all dead now because the planet is inhabitable. We are also supposed to be seeing a massive increase in hurricane and other weather related issues, but it’s not happening. In fact, it’s the opposite. If their predictions were correct they wouldn’t have to keep lying about the temperature. So suddenly this one incident is the beginning of the apocalypse.

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