Why is there always so much turbulence in (KDEN) Denver?

Hey guys is it me or is there always turbulence when flying into Denver International? I don’t know why there’s so much turbulence there? Maybe the mountains? Not just Denver but vail too? It’s so strangeimage

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I’ve flown into Denver. It wasn’t too bumpy.

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The mountains definitely would have an affect. Don’t know much about Denver so I wouldn’t know any other factors.

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It’s bumpy do too the mountains. Mechanical turbulence forms off the mountains. I won’t go farther Bc I stink at explaing things. Maybe an airline guy can help me out

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I agree, it is very mountainous!

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I saw this effect on Air Crash Investigation once, I’ll look into it

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Mechanical turbulence is one thing along with mountain waves. On top of that, lenticular coulda can form on mountains which can cause some bumps

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Per N1RG, mechanical turbulence and wind. The fact that it is also high up above AMSL and other factors.

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Cause of the high altitude at KDEN the winds are stronger

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LOL, we hardly get any wind here!

The people above are right, it forms off the mountains. You wouldn’t notice nearly as much turbulence if you approached from the east.

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It’s because KDEN is the Devil’s airport

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Okay absolutely silly kid theories aside, it’s because of the mountains being so. Coming on a westbound arrival or departure.

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How dare you say that, sir?!

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https://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/Mountain_Waves
This is probably why. Looks like these so called “mountain waves” are the tsunami’s of aviation

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seem to have ruffled feathers

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My southwest flight stopped into Denver, landing was fairly smooth, but once we took of it was extremely turbulent.

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I mean, it’s called the Mile High City for a reason ;)

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There’s a lot of wind especially during the spring and summer at DEN. Almost all the flights I flew in and out of there were bumpy especially when we went west of the field.

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