Forensic Meteorology Blog

20 Mar

Jet Stream

Turbulence, Weather ConditionsWith 0 comments

The location of the jet stream varies greatly during the year. However during the winter in the northern hemisphere the polar jet is generally located near 40 to 50 degrees latitudes north and found at elevations at 30,000 to 40,000 feet. Wind speeds vary but can be into 150 to 200 mph range and the

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09 Mar

Wind shear

General Info, Wind ShearWith 0 comments

Wind shear is a rapid change in either wind speed or wind direction over a short period of time or distance. Wind shear can describe the changes either horizontally (along the Earth’s surface) or vertically. How much wind shear change can impact a plane?  For a smaller plane a change of 25 to 30 knots

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20 Feb


TurbulenceWith 0 comments

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) we found these interesting facts below. Over the next several months we will provide some case studies of weather conditions that occurred during these situations: In nonfatal accidents, in-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants. Each year, approximately 58 people in

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