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Turbulence

 

Yemi Bankole is a long-time friend of mine. His friendly and calm nature makes him a perfect fit for his job as a flight attendant with a reputable local airline, which he has been doing for the last five years.

Just yesterday, he called to tell me he had the most terrifying flying experience ever.

 It was extreme turbulence.

Turbulence can be very frightening and uncomfortable. The mere experience of being 37,000 feet above the ground and being violently tossed from side to side in an aeroplane cabin is nerve-wracking for anyone. The interesting thing is that turbulence is no cause for alarm and even severe turbulence is hardly dangerous. 

 

Turbulence is just like a bumpy ride in the sky. It may be regarded as an unsteady or violent movement of air that causes the aircraft to bounce or shake.

 

Why turbulence?

 

Turbulence occurs for a number of reasons, which include a change in the airflow, jet streams, hot rising air usually from thunderstorm clouds, landscapes (objects near the plane like mountains or skyscrapers). It is not because the aeroplane is faulty. 

What to expect during extreme turbulence?

 

Actually, for a moment, the aeroplane may be out of control. You may feel severe shaking of aircraft, a noticeable strain against your seatbelt, and even objects and luggage not properly secured away may even fall or be tossed around.

Mild turbulence may even go unnoticed by passengers. Extreme turbulence happens once in a very rare while. Just like Yemi who has been flying every day of his life for the past five years just experienced extreme turbulence for the first time.

 

What is the first thing to do if turbulence occurs?

 

Keep calm and buckle your seatbelt immediately. If you happen to be in the toilet or standing, rush to your seat and buckle your seatbelt. Do not panic and try to reassure other passengers seated next to you. The most likely way anyone would sustain an injury during turbulence is if your seatbelt is unbuckled, the force of the turbulence may hit you against an object and injure you. 

 

Most times, pilots already know when they are going to hit turbulence from weather and radar reports. Turbulence is completely normal and many of us have experienced mild turbulence while in flight without even knowing. 

 

Can Turbulence cause a plane to crash?

 

“it is rare and the industry has worked over the years to reduce the risk,” says American Senior Aviation Consultant Adrian Young.

Ice Cream Weather

One of my favourite seasons of the year growing up is Harmattan. 

The air is dry, sharp and nips at your nose, colouring the tiny hairs with dust. No matter how many times you mop the tiles, dust stubbornly settles uninvited on it. Your skin turns pale, coercing you to constantly moisturize which I always ignored because I didn’t mind looking like The Return of Annabel. Most of all, the sun has this crisp scorching feel to it that makes it impossible to wander for long.

Why on earth would this be my favourite weather?

It’s simple. Harmattan is the welcome note for the holidays. Waking up in the morning, breathing the dry air and knowing it is going to be hot as hell somehow forces honest smiles to cracked lips. 

I am yet to find a person that hates the connotation of Harmattan. Except for those who have dry skin, but they can feel better if they stay moisturized and drink plenty of water.

For me, it meant days lounging in public swimming pools with friends, making school breaks then even more memorable. It was the one time my parents didn’t mind scanty dressing and loud noises – that is how infectious the mood was.

Best of all, it is the perfect ice cream weather. All you need during Harmattan season is a scoop of ice cream sending bursts of flavours to your brain as it melts in your mouth while looking at ecstatic children to remind you that Christmas is around the corner.

Harmattan is whispers of the jolly season and two activities that never grow old are swimming and indulging in ice cream with the best evenings spent with family, recounting embarrassing stories of your childhood you can never avoid.

The perfect leisure activity is shopping for Christmas ornaments, fantasizing about the taste of the looming Christmas chicken while lowkey wondering if Aunty Grace would make it in time for Christmas with your present. 

Now I spend my time during the Harmattan making travel plans back home while taking notes of Christmas presents to purchase for my siblings knowing that for one of them, I am the ‘Aunty Grace’.

In all, ‘tis the season to be merry and that is what it is all about. 

What memories does Harmattan bring for you?