Types of Turbulence. Mechanical Convective Downburst Clear Air Turbulence Aircraft-Produced. Turbulence. Mechanical Boundary Layer Turbulence. Determined by terrain, stability of the atmosphere, and wind speed. Mechanical Turbulence.
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Clear Air Turbulence
Strong winds are forced over and around large terrain features
Turbulence often is severe
Characteristic cloud patterns
Whirling eddies of wind are generated at various scales and orientations.
Here are horizontal whirls leeward of an obstructing mountain and vertical rotors, or roll eddies, that extend for many kilometers.
Courtesy of Dr Moser, ERAU Dept of Aviation