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CaribClipper
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Turbulence Along Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:30 pm

Area around JFK was experiencing some pretty good wind on Monday night, I was on JetBlue 1503 and the climb out was unreal with the intensity of the drops. I was really surprised as weather on the ground was fairly calm. Unfortunately it continued for the entire flight and proceeded to get much worse. Pilot climbed direct to FL39 (per map on IFE though FlightAware shows FL35) and the entire flight was in light to moderate turbuelence with the pilots constantly slowing down/speeding up to help mitigate the effects. We knew ahead of time we would fly along the East coast to avoid some weather but the route did not seem to make any difference. I am surprised we didn't go further east over the Atlantic as this flight route normally does direct south to SJU.

Anyone else experience the same on North/South flights that night? Any idea what was behind this turbulence?

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/JBU1503/history/20191008/0330Z/KJFK/TJSJ
Last edited by CaribClipper on Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:59 pm, edited 2 times in total.
 
SESGDL
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Re: Severe Turbulence Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:34 pm

Sorry, but there's no way that you experienced moderate to severe turbulence the entire flight, light to moderate is much more likely what you actually experienced. Severe turbulence is extremely rare and can cause injury and even structural damage to the airplane. While uncomfortable, most of what normal travelers consider "severe" is actually just light chop and rarely moderate turbulence. Most of us have never experienced severe turbulence, thankfully.

Jeremy
 
LAXdude1023
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Re: Severe Turbulence Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:50 pm

Severe turbulence causes structural damage to the airplane and injuries many times. Sounds like you had moderate turbulence.

Severe turbulence looks like this:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/cap ... ing-storm/

or this

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sg-a ... index.html

or this

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/severe- ... d=63769169
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CaribClipper
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Re: Severe Turbulence Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:58 pm

SESGDL wrote:
Sorry, but there's no way that you experienced moderate to severe turbulence the entire flight, light to moderate is much more likely what you actually experienced. Severe turbulence is extremely rare and can cause injury and even structural damage to the airplane. While uncomfortable, most of what normal travelers consider "severe" is actually just light chop and rarely moderate turbulence. Most of us have never experienced severe turbulence, thankfully.

Jeremy


Thank you for clarifying and sharing, I edited post to reflect this. Is there an official guide as to what constitutes different levels of chop?
 
ilovelamp
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Re: Turbulence Along Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:01 pm

LAXdude1023 wrote:
Severe turbulence causes structural damage to the airplane and injuries many times. Sounds like you had moderate turbulence.

Severe turbulence looks like this:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/cap ... ing-storm/

or this

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sg-a ... index.html

or this

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/severe- ... d=63769169


Per the AIM, severe does not cause structural damage. That would fall into the extreme category.


ILL
 
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Re: Turbulence Along Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:02 pm

I think most air travelers would probably be terrified to know what it feels like to actually experience what we consider to be a limit load case on aircraft.

Fortunately those, by definition, happen extremely rarely, if at all.
 
lat41
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Re: Turbulence Along Eastern Seaboard 10/8

Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:12 pm

Big storm off shore in the Atlantic sending wind and rain in over Mid-Atlantic and now Southern and Eastern New England. It even looks like it has an eye on weather radar. That's what's causing tough flying weather.

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