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Weather Forecast Accuracy Affected by Electromagnetic ‘Clutter’ From Wind Turbines

UK Windfarm 300x208 Weather Forecast Accuracy Affected by Electromagnetic Clutter From Wind TurbinesThe development of wind energy opportunities in the UK and Europe, from small micro wind turbines up to larger mega wind developments, both onshore and offshore is actively supported by the Met Office. However, recently, the coalition has been split in two over controversial wind farm findings.

Research has determined that wind farms can quite significantly affect the accuracy of weather forecasts.

The Met has officially contested plans to build more than 20 400 foot tall wind turbines in Llanllwni, Carmarthenshire Wales near one of its weather stations, stating that “clutter” will be created by the reflection of electromagnetic waves emitted by radar and this clutter will interfere with atmospheric condition readings.

These recent findings expand upon a study released in November 2012 that discovered noise from wind farms causes significant damage to sleep patterns and mental health.

In March, the Met Office is also expected to contest the construction of a similar 28-turbine site at Brechfa, Wales.

These enormous turbines can generate such a large amount of clutter that false warnings of severe and hazardous weather are often issued unnecessarily. And, conversely, some relevant signals are missed, and so the public is not warned about legitimate weather hazards.

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Leigh is a Senior Technical Communicator working in the energy sector in Dallas, Texas. Prior to her work in the energy industry, Leigh spent years specializing in life saving engineering projects for the US Department of Defense. In her spare time, Leigh pursues her passions of environmental awareness, vegan baking, dog rescue, and defending the place of art, literature, and music in a world that values science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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