Scientist says wind farms screw up the local weather5/1/2012
Wind farms have the capacity to generate thousands of megawatts of electricity, making them a promising source of clean energy, but new research shows they might cause a rise in the surface temperature of the land beneath them, altering an area's meteorology. Researchers used satellite imagery to examine ground temperatures across western Texas and found the land beneath the towering turbines increased as much as 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit at night. While that might not sound like much of a bump, one scientist says it's potentially enough to affect regional plant growth and rainfall. A solution might be to use smaller turbines, but since the bigger-is-better rule applies even to wind farms, these smaller siblings wouldn't produce as much electricity as their big brothers.
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