On most flights I take, I generally experience some sort of turbulence. I try to explain to my passengers that turbulence is as natural to the sky as waves are to water. What I don’t always have is a great visual presentation of this phenomenon. On a flight back from Arizona recently I captured a great visual of turbulence. The thin, wispy marine layer took perfect form to show exactly where the turbulence was and why we were about to encounter such “choppy” bumps. We were perpendicular to the flow of air over the hills and it was creating choppy air conditions, just like wind blowing across a lake. If we were parallel to the wind, the turbulence would feel different as we crossed the waves in the air at a different angle.
This is not the only way turbulence can be created, but it was fun to be able to see it in this form.