It's going to be a bumpy ride

And it’s going to be bumpy for a long time.

Severe clear-air turbulence (CAT) has already become more common, according to a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters last week. On a typical flight route over the North Atlantic, there was a 55 percent increase in clear air turbulence between 1979 and 2020. While the increase in turbulence was the most pronounced over the US and North Atlantic, the study also found significantly more turbulence along popular routes over Europe, the Middle East, and South Atlantic, and Eastern Pacific.

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Near as I can tell from reading the paper, the authors didn’t actually look at reports of air turbulence injuries. There was a 2021 report by the NTSB on turbulence-related injuries in air carrier operations. The first few years of the graph show an increase, but there was no increase since 1995.



Walk, it emits less CO2.

The Captain