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Wind farms can cause climate change, finds new study
The Telegraph ^ | April 29, 2012 | Louise Gray

Posted on 04/30/2012 12:58:21 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Usually at night the air closer to the ground becomes colder when the sun goes down and the earth cools.

But on huge wind farms the motion of the turbines mixes the air higher in the atmosphere that is warmer, pushing up the overall temperature.

Satellite data over a large area in Texas, that is now covered by four of the world's largest wind farms, found that over a decade the local temperature went up by almost 1C as more turbines are built.

This could have long term effects on wildlife living in the immediate areas of larger wind farms.

It could also affect regional weather patterns as warmer areas affect the formation of cloud and even wind speeds.

It is reported China is now erecting 36 wind turbines every day and Texas is the largest producer of wind power in the US.

Liming Zhou, Research Associate Professor at the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University of New York, who led the study, said further research is needed into the affect of the new technology on the wider environment.

"Wind energy is among the world’s fastest growing sources of energy. The US wind industry has experienced a remarkably rapid expansion of capacity in recent years,” he said. “While converting wind’s kinetic energy into electricity, wind turbines modify surface-atmosphere exchanges and transfer of energy, momentum, mass and moisture within the atmosphere. These changes, if spatially large enough, might have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate.”

The study, published in Nature, found a “significant warming trend” of up to 0.72C (1.37F) per decade, particularly at night-time, over wind farms relative to near-by non-wind-farm regions.

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1 posted on 04/30/2012 12:58:27 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wind Farms Cause Global Warming!

Talk about irony...and hilarity.


2 posted on 04/30/2012 1:02:01 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Don't mistake my vote for Romney as a vote FOR Romney, it's a vote against Obama.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The good Lord has a sense of humor. This is as classic as all the global warming marches that have been snowed out.


3 posted on 04/30/2012 1:02:13 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. II Corinthians 3:17)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ve long been concerned about the possible effects wind farms on lake Michigan could have on weather patterns here. We have a rain/snow belt along the lake as it is and we really don’t know what putting hundreds of wind turbines just offshore will do.


4 posted on 04/30/2012 1:05:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Slowing down the wind does affect the weather. North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and other states all impliment a phenominia called “Shelter Belts” in their agricultural areas. To help prevent a “Dust Bowl” effect that was so devastating in the 1930’s, rows of trees are planted along farmer’s “Sections”, these rows of trees run generally East-West, and slow the winds.

I’ve been told that prior to the 1930’s, the rainfall today in America’s heartland is almost double what it was. I would call this “a good thing”.


5 posted on 04/30/2012 1:08:26 PM PDT by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So now we know whom is actually behind AGW. It’s Wile E. Coyote with his bag of ACME brilliance.


6 posted on 04/30/2012 1:08:49 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Hodar
I would call this “a good thing”.

I would agree that it probably is a good thing along with better soil management practices in the dust bowl states. However good there, doesn't mean good elsewhere.
7 posted on 04/30/2012 1:15:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Next time you are in wine country, check out the Wind Machines.

The purpose of these windmills is not to generate electricity. In fact, they are powered by electic motors, and their purpose is to disturb the airflow over the vinyard to keep the ground level warmer at night.

They have been using these things out in California for as long as I can remember, so at least thirty years. This is not exactly a newly discovered phenomenon.

8 posted on 04/30/2012 1:17:40 PM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Let the wind blow..........


9 posted on 04/30/2012 1:18:14 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: cripplecreek
We have a rain/snow belt along the lake

Just curious about something. Do you get afternoon thunderboomers in the summer along the waterfront and up to about 40 or 50 miles inland? We had that along the gulf coast of Al and Ms in the hot season. You can almost set your clock by them at 2 or 3pm. Heat invection showers or something like that, based on temp differences of the land and water or something.

10 posted on 04/30/2012 1:20:11 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I said this in a thread this morning ... if you slow down or disrupt the available wind, then that is not going to dissipate the heat near the ground as efficiently. And considering that every windmill has a strip of bare dirt leading up to it, the bare dirt is going to act as a heat sink. Either of these factors would result in higher temperatures, so both together must.


11 posted on 04/30/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by Stegall Tx (Living off your tax dollars can be kinda fun, but not terribly profitable.)
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To: Haiku Guy

I recently read about them flying helicopters over the orchards on cold nights here in northern Michigan to help gut down on crop loss due to frost.


12 posted on 04/30/2012 1:24:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

This study must be ridiculed and destroyed. It does not fit the current liberal media Groupthink, and it is not Democrat-Party Approved.

You muss be a rassiss for posting this.


13 posted on 04/30/2012 1:30:43 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: rightly_dividing
Do you get afternoon thunderboomers in the summer along the waterfront and up to about 40 or 50 miles inland?

I'm in southeastern Michigan so I'm outside the precip belt but I know they get a lot more rain over that way. A map of where the orchards are tells a story in itself.

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14 posted on 04/30/2012 1:36:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

We enjoyed picking apples a couple of years ago when we were there. It was at a farm near the Hidden Lake Gardens. We hope to vist Mi again sometime, it is a beautiful state in the countryside.


15 posted on 04/30/2012 1:43:27 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

I think I directed you to hidden lake gardens.


16 posted on 04/30/2012 1:45:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Yea you did. I wasn’t sure that you would remember doing that. We took some great pictures there. I took 780 pics in two days. in Mi.


17 posted on 04/30/2012 2:05:49 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: rightly_dividing

If you like the wilderness Northern Michigan is the place to go. Personally I prefer staying in the state parks to the national parks. However Grand Marais has a campground right there in town. I never thought I’d like it but found it to be very enjoyable.

Kid Rock is a fellow Michigan booster who made this great video in Michigan and started a mini boom in the upper peninsula.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tbbrtaNiQMs


18 posted on 04/30/2012 2:19:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
My camping days are over due to physical limitations. Thats one of the reasons we went to hidden lake, it was a drive through, as was the apple orchard.
19 posted on 04/30/2012 2:30:19 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: cripplecreek
I’ve long been concerned about the possible effects wind farms on lake Michigan could have on weather patterns here.

Most weather, such as thunderstorms, cloud cover, rain, snow, fog, all starts at the surface with water evaporation. If we extract large amounts of wind energy from the very thin band of atmosphere where water evaporation takes place we are going to change the weather. It might change for the better, but countering man-made climate change by creating new man-made climate change makes absolutely no sense.

20 posted on 04/30/2012 2:38:54 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Brookhaven

>Wind Farms Cause Global Warming!<

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Even if it is true, the MSM will ignore it — don’t forget that the whole global warming panic is not based on science but on political ideology.


21 posted on 04/30/2012 2:55:02 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They’re eating their own...


22 posted on 04/30/2012 4:55:02 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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