We have all had that ‘stomach dropping’ feeling when sitting on a plane and suddenly it starts to rock, bounce even… and all you can think about is that ‘this is it’ it’s all down (literally) from here.
But fear not friends because thanks to science, we now know that flying in the morning reduces the likeliness of turbulence happening onboard.
Well firstly, most thunderstorms are reported in the afternoon and generally clear overnight, meaning there's less windy weather to contend with. Secondly, cooler temperatures also help as hot air rising from the ground can make a flight bumpier.
While we’re on the topic here are so more fun facts about turbulence you may (or may not!) want to know about:
- The best seats on the plane for reduced turbulence intensity are those directly over the wings of the plane
- Severe turbulence can break up a plane… but this is very unlikely.
Turbulence injuries are reassuringly low, with only 24 recorded in America in 2013.
This article originally appeared on 7travel.