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This Week: Turbulence
March 11, 2000

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The big airplane news last week was the plane that skidded off the runway in Burbank, California. Scary stuff. But for many people, the worst part of a flight happens in the air -- when the plane starts shaking and the captain comes on and says, "Buckle Up! We're heading for some turbulence." But what is turbulence anyway? How can air be bumpy? To find out, I called meterologist Paul Douglas in Minneapolis, Chuck Eastlake, a pilot and engineer at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and Larry Cornman with the National Center for Atmospheric Research.


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