Sorry, I forgot to include the departure time. It's 10:18 PM. Are there any early rough guesses as to how this trip looks? I'm not sure how to endure a 13 hour flight if the turbulence is severe or prolonged. Having any sense for what to expect would help in figuring out how to cope. Thanks so much.
Thank you so much tb_neg and B744drvr for your responses. It seems there's a lot of rain predicted in the East Coast tomorrow so I keep wondering how it will affect the flight. If there's anything else you're able to add tomorrow, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
Well, rain is usually no problem, unless it's heavy rain in combination with thunderstorms & lightning but that's not the case today, only some drizzle forecasted.
The first hour or so will probably be the worst with light/moderate turbulence. Then some turbulence forecasted south of Iceland and overhead Germany/Switzerland. The rest looks fine to me.
Have a good flight!
I reached the final destination today and I'm pleased to report the flight from IAD - DXB wasn't too bad. There was only light turbulence for the first hour or two. The pilots kept the seatbelt sign on for over an hour after we took off, but nothing too drastic happened. I was listening to the Air Traffic Control channel and the pilots were really concerned about several turbulence off of Nantucket and they asked if the could fly around it. The ATC said yes, they will keep us far away from that area, and we flew around it with no problem. Then it was quite smooth until we reached the south of Iceland. There it became turbulent, but not the kind of violent plunging or severe turbulence that I've experienced on other recent flights. The only surprise was that we passed far North of Cork, which is normally the first city you fly over when crossing the atlantic. We flew over Denmark instead. Around that point, there was light turbulence for about two hours. Finally, we reached Turkey and everything was smooth from there on. We circled around Dubai before landing just as the sun started going down. Dubai looked beautiful from the sky and everyone was straining to look out the window to catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa, which is now the tallest building in the world.
I must say, your readings are very accurate. It made a difference checking with you before the flight. There was never a point where I felt uncomfortable or nervous, which is a change from other recent trips where I was still traumatized from flying through severe turbulence last summer. So, I guess there is hope that flying can still enjoyable even for those who had bad experiences. Thanks for your help! I may be checking-in again next week prior to flying back.