When you're on the receiving end of turbulence -- getting tossed around in a tiny plane like a helpless ragdoll -- turbulence is no good. It's a very different story when you're the one dealing out the turbulence. Commence destruction!
The game starts you out as a tiny cloud. Over time your cloud will diminish, but absorbing other clouds will increase your size (and your strength). As you grow, you'll become resistant to larger enemies. Think Katamari. The birds that were hurting you initially become a whole lot less dangerous. Your 'Little' turbulence quickly turns into a 'Whole Lot' of turbulence.