The Terrible “T”s

You may know what the Terrible Twos are, but how about the Terrible Ts? Though her fury can mimic a toddler’s unpredictable tantrums, Mother Nature’s Terrible Ts refer to turbulence, thunderstorms, and tornadoes—all three of which can unleash enormous destructive energy.

In the May/June 2012 issue of FAA Safety Briefing , author James Williams provides readers with tips on how to recognize the warning signs of these pilot nemeses and safely avoid their dangerous effects.

You’ll also find information on the National Weather Service’s Aviation Digital Data Service (ADDS) website, which includes a useful turbulence forecast tool. The ADDS tool uses color contour maps to display turbulence intensity in three categories: none, light, and moderate or greater. Pilots can access the turbulence forecast tool at: