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TurbulenceBelieve it or not, I have some friends that actually like turbulence when they fly. I’m not one of them, although over the years I’ve become a lot less nervous when my plane encounters it. I used to be afraid to fly, and they say turbulence is the most common fear associated with the fear of flying.

No matter your feelings on turbulence,’s Turbulence Forecast is a really cool tool. It not only defines what turbulence is, but also shows you where turbulence has been reported on a map. The green arrow means light, orange means moderate and red means severe. It also has clickable turbulence reports (blue circle with a line through it) that show where pilots have reported turbulence, the classification (light, moderate or severe), and the altitude and type of plane from which the turbulence was reported.

BTW: According to the site: “Turbulence can be caused by a number of things, differential in surface temperatures causing a rising of air, the Jetstream, Weather Fronts, Thunderstorms or even other planes! What you need to understand is, turbulence is a very normal phenomenon, and it would be more uncommon for you to not have any turbulence, as opposed to experiencing some. Common areas of Turbulence are: Mountains, larger bodies of water, coast lines, warmer climates and flying in proximity to the Jetstream.”

Good to know: The Johnny Jet Travel-Related Weather page lists all kinds of weather maps including turbulence forecasts.

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