Severe turbulence over Arizona and New Mexico

February 3rd, 2020 |

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) images, with pilot reports of turbulence [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) images, with pilot reports of turbulence [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 (GOES-East) Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) images (above) showed numerous orographic waves over eastern Arizona and western New Mexico on 03 February 2020. There were several high-altitude pilot reports of turbulence across that region, including severe turbulence associated with mountain waves at 43,000 feet and at 39,000 feet (below). The turbulence encounter at 39,000 feet noted an aircraft speed fluctuation of +/- 20 knots, along with a drop in altitude of 1600 feet.

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) image, with pilot report of severe turbulence at 43,000 feet [click to enlarge]

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) image, with pilot report of severe turbulence at 43,000 feet [click to enlarge]

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) image, with pilot report of severe turbulence at 39,000 feet [click to enlarge]

GOES-16 Mid-level Water Vapor (6.9 µm) image, with pilot report of severe turbulence at 39,000 feet [click to enlarge]