|One of the many turbulence charts available out there. Noticed the Great Lakes. Click here for a link to this chart. You can see conditions at different levels and time frames.|
I've been doing lots of transcon (Transcontinental) flights in the last two weeks but the start of this pairing three days ago had us in areas of turbulence around the Great Lakes. And it's taking it's sweet time to leave.
Here's a couple of aviation charts (below) depicting a "cranky upper trough." Mother Nature has been stirring things up. Note the jet stream depicted over Lake Superior (the largest of the Great lakes in case you are wondering) heading south with speeds of 120 knots. (A triangle represents 50 knots of wind whereas as a hatch mark is 10 knots). Then there is a southerly jet (coming from the south) over Lake Ontario (where Toronto is located). This guy is responsible for the warm weather when I was running aimlessly around in Mount Royal, Montreal.
I'm now in Halifax and ran around Point Pleasant Park. What an extraordinary day! Usually Monday follows two days of solid rain here in the Maritimes (LOL, I grew up here) but today (Sunday) people will be talking about this for days!
Wind shear is defined as winds quickly changing in direction and/or speed. Because of this very tight upper trough it kicked off lots of moderate turbulence.
I know, I know... this weather talk is boring.
Well flying from Montreal to Vancouver we ran into moderate turbulence. When this happens Captain D makes an announcement for the flight attendants to sit down. Well the in-charge ran to her seat a little too quickly and blew out her pants.
While seated she asked us through the inter-phone whether we could data link ahead to request pants. The F/O and I looked at each other and thought this aint gonna happen on a Friday evening. Actually this isn't going to happen period. There are no uniforms available at operation centers. But we humoured her and operations did come back with some suggestions. Perhaps she can wear overalls? Or for her to proceed to the baggage area where they fix things? And plus the size of pants she needed were well...how can I say this diplomatically...rather...um....(Okay I'll stop there)
It reminds me of the story I heard where a pilot blew out his uniform pants many years ago. He took them off and flew in his underwear while a caring flight attendant sewed his pants.
That's not going to happen on today's flights. lol
Note to self. Pack an extra pair of uniform pants. I carry an extra tie, epaulettes, socks, shirts, wings, etc but no pants. I don't think they would like me flying in my jeans. Either that, I better ease of the cookies and ice cream to prevent a future blow out. LOL
Back in the bumps to Toronto.
|The hatched yellow area over the Great Lakes is forecasting moderate turbulence from 29, 000 feet to 43,000 feet.|
|Another chart depicting those two nasty opposing jets (yellow lines).|