You Can't Stop Turbulence, But You Can Know When to Expect It
In-flight meals may not be the most sanitary things and engines may not work properly all the time, but the thing that scares us the most is turbulence. When the plane starts shaking, we close our eyes and try to go to a happy place inside our mind, where the skies are clear and smooth and we're about to land. But thanks to a website that we've kept in our bookmarks, we're able to prepare ourselves for turbulence by visiting the Turbulence Forecast.
The Turbulence Forecast is a straightforward site, which gives maps of countries or regions and layers over them with sectors where light to heavy turbulence can be expected. The map you see above shows only green sectors on the USA right now, so turbulence is light, but trust us when we say that we have seen those boxes go red (mainly over the Northeast) to distinguish more severe turbulence.
Forecasts are available up to 48 hours in advance, and there's even a section for seeing pilot reports of turbulence. To properly understand all the numbers, you may need to be a pilot, but still it helps to know that you could possibly be in for some bumps on your flight just from the map colorcoding.
Also of note to travelers is the site's Cruise Wave Heights Forecast.
[Photo: Turbulence Forecast]