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A new study has found that long term use of wind farms can potentially lead to local weather and climate change. Satellite data that was taken over a large wind farm area in Texas over the course of a decade found that the temperature increased by 0.72C (1.37F) as more turbines were built.
The data, however, isn’t conclusive, and scientists need to perform more research before they can determine the full effects of the turbines on the environment.
“Overall, the warming effect reported in this study is local and is small compared to the strong background year-to-year land surface temperature changes,” he added.
“This makes sense, since at night the ground becomes much cooler than the air just a few hundred meters above the surface, and the wind farms generate gentle turbulence near the ground that causes these to mix together, thus the ground doesn't get quite as cool. This same strategy is commonly used by fruit growers (who fly helicopters over the orchards rather than windmills) to combat early morning frosts.”
Originally posted by Unity_99
And the tiny amount it might change, compared to the more hefty amount of damage fossil fuels cause.