Be Ready for Severe Turbulence, NiMeT Warns Pilots

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency on Friday issued a stern weather warning while calling on pilots operating within the country’s airspace to look out for severe turbulence in coming days as the rainy season intensifies.
Director-General of the agency, Mansur Matazu, who gave the warning in Abuja, noted that the year’s rainy season will come with adverse weather activities including high intensity storm and high turbulence that may damage properties. In particular, he warned that there would be series of microbursts incidents at ariports.
“Microbursts are mini-thunderstorms that emanate from the cloud because of the low temperature of the cloud. These microbursts which happen around the airports cause windshear problems and that is why we have an alert system by which we issue alerts to pilots through the Air Traffic Controllers.
Now, the negative implications of these weather issues include the fact that they cause severe turbulence during descent or at certain flying levels. You can also experience clear air turbulence and it happens during the onset period of the rainy season,” Matazu disclosed.
Matazu added that apart from turbulence occasioned by microbursts, warning about heavy rains particularly as it relates to the aviation industry and pilots, became necessary because runways are also affected by heavy rains as they often become wet with attendant consequences including skidding, impaired visibility and other ground operations. That, according to him, is why NiMeT will continue to issue relevant warnings particularly now that there are indications of imminent adverse weather conditions which must be made known to pilots. While urging airline operators to take weather warnings very seriously, he also appeal to air passengers to exercise patience over flight cancelations issued out of concerns for air safety.
“We want airline operators and pilots to be conscious of precautionary measures and adhere to standard operating procedures to ensure safety in aviation,” he said.

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