VIDEO: How fog impacts air travel

With fog covering many parts of the UK so far this week, air travel can be disrupted.

In this short video we hear from our Meteorologist, Aidan McGivern who gives a quick summary of the weather over the past few days, followed by Jon Dutton, Aviation Business Manager who summarises the impact that fog can have on air travel.

What is a WAFC?

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Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud

(Strong vertical shear between two air streams causing winds to blow faster at the upper level than at the lower levels, causing turbulence. Sometimes these turbulent waves are seen in clouds).

From the early days of aviation, it was realised that meteorological information is vital for both the planning and safe conduct of flights. Pilots need to be informed about meteorological conditions along the routes they take and at their destination aerodromes.

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What is fog – and why does it occur?

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You may have noticed that fog is the predominant weather type across parts of the UK today and over the past few days. With all the coverage in the media, you may be wondering what fog is and how it is formed. Put simply, fog is just cloud at the ground! More specifically, it is made of small water droplets suspended in the air just above the ground, which cause a reduction in the near surface visibility.

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