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.
With the number of windmills they would need to erect, I suspect the change will be far more wide ranging.
posted on 11/01/2012 1:38:05 PM PDT
(What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
I wonder if there is any difference in the effect if VAWT are used instead.
So Conservation of Energy applies to “Green Technologies”??? Who’da thunk it?
posted on 11/01/2012 1:40:34 PM PDT
(Sic semper tyrannis)
Oh NO !!
Four more windfarms and parets of Texas will become desert ?
It beginning to look more and more like Saudi Arabia .. maybe they got oil too ?
They got camels ?
Everything is bigger in Texas ,... just ask ‘em !
posted on 11/01/2012 1:40:37 PM PDT
by Tilted Irish Kilt
(Bapak O6ama : Russian for the "STAND DOWN PRESIDENT" ~ (DA ! Wait until I can be more flexible !)
Oh No, algore was finally right!
Some might think this SERIESLY HUGH but, Breaking News? It is not.
posted on 11/01/2012 1:41:19 PM PDT
(It is [the people's] right and duty to be at all times armed. --Thomas Jefferson)
Wind Farms Destroy New York.....
posted on 11/01/2012 1:45:59 PM PDT
(I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Romney & Ryan.~Just livin' life, my way~)
There have been windmills (fans) in orchards for DECADES to modify the tree temperatures. This really can’t be NEWS can it?
posted on 11/01/2012 1:46:22 PM PDT
1 centigrade increase in West Texas temperature is like saying 1 centigrade lower in the arctic.
The rattle snakes wont care.
This is crap.
If the wind turbines are extracting energy from the wind, the air cools.
In a jet engine, the gas flowing through the turbine cools hundreds of degrees in milliseconds.
posted on 11/01/2012 2:10:40 PM PDT
(The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
posted on 11/01/2012 2:24:29 PM PDT
(Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
This entire process can easily be simulated using existing software that is presently used to simulate gaseous discharges from elevated stacks a.k.a. “dispersion modeling”.
Of course, Algore may want to modify the math before running the program.
posted on 11/01/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT
(The US Constitution is only as effective as those who enforce it.)
" It could also affect regional weather patterns as warmer areas affect the formation of cloud and even wind speeds."
Talk about unintended consequences.
Could explain the devastating drought most of the USA had this year.
Ah ha! I knew it was Obama’s fault. If only he’d had the entire Hill stand out on the front lawn and blown their hot air in the direction of Sandy, he could have diverted this disaster.
posted on 11/01/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT
(Evil doers are in every corner of our government. Have we passed the point of no return?)
posted on 11/01/2012 3:09:55 PM PDT
(Obama is like Ron Burgundy - he will read ANYTHING that is on the teleprompter)
To: marstegreg; 11B40; A Balrog of Morgoth; A message; ACelt; Aeronaut; AFPhys; AlexW; America_Right; ..
posted on 11/01/2012 5:06:17 PM PDT
by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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