1. After studying the concept of eddies and the Focus Topic Eddies and Air Pockets in chapter 9, construct an engaging 3-paragraph initial post that addresses the following points:
Paragraph 1: Define atmospheric wind shear, and briefly explain how, in general, the existence of wind shear creates eddies and air pockets that cause atmospheric turbulence. In your discussion, clarify the differences between horizontal and vertical wind shear, and the eddies generated by each. (graphics will add greatly to the discussion here)
Paragraph 2: Describe one scenario of specific atmospheric conditions that would result in the generation of wind shear and turbulence, and any potential visual signs that may exist to serve as a warning to pilots of the potential for encountering turbulence for this scenario.
Paragraph 3: You have TWO options for this paragraph: 1) research and summarize an actual aircraft incident related to the scenario discussed in paragraph 2, OR 2) give us your take on the relevance and importance of the above concept from your own perspective – personal points of view or related experiences, for example.
Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment
Author: C. Donald Ahrens and Donald & Robert Henson