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Old Feb 14, 19, 9:55 am
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Originally Posted by satman40 View Post
Global Warming, causing sever updrafts..
Okay, there is evidence that climate change is likely to cause increased turbulence. But there are many factors that cause turbulence for aircraft other than updrafts.

Without going into atmospheric dynamics, flying through a 170mph jet stream (as suggested by forecast soundings at the time and location of the incident) will often be turbulent because it is very hard for the atmosphere to flow smoothly at those speeds. The aircraft was also flying near the tropopause, which can cause increased shear instability.

Bottom line, don't blame this on "global warming" -- it's impossible to attribute a single event to "global warming."
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