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Thread: Wind energy turbines impact on NWS radar

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    Wind energy turbines impact on NWS radar

    Interesting issue/discussion for those Weather Nerds like me and I know that there are several other here Cyburbia.
    A new site site review issue/concern to understand.

    The NWS has this discussion:

    The best mitigation technique is to avoid locating wind turbines in the radar line of sight (RLOS) of the doppler radar.
    For much more information on how wind turbines impact doppler weather radar, check out http://www.roc.noaa.gov/windfarm/windfarm_index.asp

    Has anybody heard of this before or dealt with it ?
    Is this strictly a federal issue or should the local gov get/be involved ?

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    Cyburbian Trail Nazi's avatar
    Feb 2003
    Encroaching on something
    Actually wind turbines affect so many other types of "radar" that it there should be more partnering between the federal government types that have the radar and state/local governments/private entities (such as power companies).

    It is a big encroachment issue that you don't normally think about until you are educated about the problems associated with wind turbines and radar.

    (In answer to your question, yes, I have two projects that are dealing with this very topic. And in my opinion, more local planners need to be aware of the situation. Also same project, there is a type of oil drilling that can also mess with a particular type of radar system.)

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