So, today I saw an interesting video on Facebook about when is the best time to fly if you do not like flying through turbulence. Paul Williams, professor of Atmosphere Science in the department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, states that to avoid turbulence you should not take the first flight out in the morning or an afternoon flight.
He says that pilots rely on the flight ahead of them on a route to determine how much turbulence there is to avoid it. So, the first flight in the morning will not have that convenience...I guess, in my opinion, you are the "guinea pigs" for the day! That was me flying to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for my KHM Crystal Conference and Awards cruise. My flight was the first one out at 6:00 AM, and yes, the pilot had to turn back on the seat belt light for part of the flight when we hit some rough turbulence.
Mr. Williams also states that weather systems and clouds seem to peak during the afternoon because of the warmer air, and that causes some turbulence.
So, it seems that if you would like to avoid as much turbulence as possible, then my suggestion would be to fly from mid morning, or at least not the first flight on a route, to noon, and then again in the late afternoon. Of course, in my experience, flying later in the day does increase your chances of having a delay, but at least it might be smooth flying!
If you would like to watch the video with Paul Williams, click here.
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