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Dragons in the wind


Jaak
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The hurried flight of Jaehaerys and Alysanne from King´s Landing to Oldtown gives us the realistic speed of dragons. 1800 km in 3 days - about 600 km per day. Since they stopped at Bitterbridge and Highgarden to sleep, eat and take counsel, maybe 12 hours per day flying. So 50 km/h.

 

Storms and such strong winds are often faster.

We do hear of dragon hampered by weather - a thunderstorm somehow slowed down Arrax relative to Vhagar. But otherwise, how do dragons respond to strong contrary wind? They can land and fold their wings to not get blown away. But do we often hear of dragons and riders in the circumstance that they can fly fine, just not in the directions they want to?

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Being that there is no cockpit, it is the rider who will be most hampered by inclement weather.  Inclement weather will hamper the dragon too.  But it is mostly the rider who will have the most discomfort.  Balerion flew to and from Valyria.  He must have experienced inclement weather at least a few times at sea.  He made it just fine.  I am certain he would prefer clear and calm. 

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