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Altitude Variations of the Belts & Zones

On Jupiter, the winds in the belts and zones blow first in one direction, then in the opposite direction. Wind blows east in a belt, and west in a zone. The clouds rise up in a belt, and drop down in a zone, as shown in this picture.

This would mean that a traveler in an airplane flying in the Jovian sky would first encounter clouds, then the clouds would be drop below, then the clouds would be encountered again. The plane would experience extreme wind blasts from the west, then extreme wind blasts from the east. The plane would experience severe winds pushing up in a belt, then severe winds pushing down in a zone.


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