Wind farms are supposed to be good for the environment, right? They allow us to generate clean energy and reduce our dependency upon fossil fuels. They also, apparently, can generate their own microclimates given the right conditions. This interesting side effect was recently documented in aerial photography via one Mike Page of the United Kingdom.
Page, in an article appearing in the U.K.’s Daily Mail and highlighted by Gizmodo, got pictures of large wind turbines creating mist by “whipping up moisture from the surface of the sea at Scroby Sands near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.” It is apparently a common sight for those on-shore near this particular wind power project to see this happening. It just so happens that Page was in the right place at the right time to capture such vivid photography of this event.
The Mail got a weather forecasting person to verify that, given the right climatic conditions in the area, “any natural or manmade feature can create a micro-climate around itself.” This wind farm at sea microclimate activity is not a new event onto itself – in fact, a study several years ago mentioned by the Renewable Energy Law Blog notes that “modeling of a hypothetical wind farm consisting of a 100 by 100 array of wind turbines, each 100 meters tall and set 1 kilometers apart, indicates that turbines could affect wind speeds as well as ground temperatures below the turbines.”