A humbling map of real-time wind patterns in Tornado Alley
“Wind Map” is a stunning interactive datavisualization that presents wind patterns across the continental U.S. in real time. Picture above is what it looked like last night at 10:59 CDT, in the aftermath of yesterday’s devastating Oklahoma tornado.”
Read more here from io9.
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Another day of active severe weather is expected across parts of the Southern Plains into the Arklatex. Tornadoes (possibly strong), large hail and damaging winds are all possible.
Yeaahhh, NO. Some of these are insane, especially the take-offs. Bravo to these brave pilots and crew.
45mph crosswinds + icey runway = no thank you! Fun to watch the action safely from the ground, though.
Big winds across the northeast tonight - 40 to 80 mph! Move your vehicles away from trees and do other safetyly things. Via
Sandy’s massive wind field
I’ve never seen anything like this and I’m at a loss for expletives to describe what this storm could do.a “very prominent and respected National Weather Service meteorologist” on his Facebook page last night, regarding Perfect Storm Sandy. (via washingtonpoststyle)
Each major wind farm in America creates 1,000+ jobs and adds millions of dollars to local communities. Today, wind farms generate about 50,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy — the equivalent of the energy produced by 12 Hoover Dams.
Read more in two recent NRDC reports:
“Over the past four years, we’ve doubled the amount of electricity America can generate from wind—from 25 gigawatts to 50 gigawatts. And to put that in perspective, that’s like building 12 new Hoover Dams that are powering homes all across the country. We doubled the amount of electricity we generate from solar energy, too. And combined, these energy sources are enough power to make sure that 13 million homes have reliable power and support the paychecks that help more than 100,000 Americans provide for their families.
“That’s not imaginary. That is real. And that’s what’s at stake in November. Thirty-seven thousand American jobs are on the line if the wind energy tax credit is allowed to expire like my opponent thinks they should. And unlike Gov. Romney, I want to stop giving $4 billion in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies that have rarely been more profitable so that we can keep investing in homegrown energy sources like wind that have never been more promising. That’s part of the choice in this election.”
—President Obama in Iowa today
Hope those tickets are refundable.
(Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong / AP)
The Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago was suspended and tens of thousands of fans were evacuated to shelters on Saturday as the city braced for dangerous storms with high winds, organizers said.
Organizers stopped at about 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET), and many of the fans were told to go to one of three underground parking garages designated as “emergency evacuation shelters,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Wind is an invisible, ancient source of energy surrounds us—energy that powered the first explorations of the world, and that may be a key to the future.
Chicago: living up to its monicker. —A.P.
Wind Energy, find out more: http://www.sierraclub.org/windworks/
(via: Sierra Club | Facebook)
Over half of the U.S. can get all its power from wind. And at least 32 states can get 25 percent or more of their electricity from wind power within their own borders. This map is updated from a 2009 report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Energy Self-Reliant States. Green is well over 100%, yellow, 75-100%, orange 25-50%, red less than 25%.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has announced a Call for Information and Nominations (Call) to consider commercial wind energy leasing in an area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). ›
- Rhode Island issued a Request for Proposals in 2008 for the development of offshore wind facilities to supply 15 percent or more of the state’s electricity needs.
- BOEMRE established an intergovernmental renewable energy task force with Rhode Island in November 2009 to facilitate coordination among affected federal agencies and state, local and tribal governments.
- Rhode Island and Massachusetts developed a partnership that resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Governors of both states in July 2010. …Sets a framework for the two states to collaborate on issues concerning offshore wind development in the AMI.
- The Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council approved its two-year ocean SAMP effort in October 2010. On July 22, 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) approved the incorporation of the ocean SAMP into the state’s federally approved coastal management program.
- There have been three joint meetings with both the BOEMRE Rhode Island and BOEMRE Massachusetts Renewable Energy Task Forces to develop shared understandings among their intergovernmental stakeholders.
- BOEMRE has participated in nine public information sessions hosted by the states in Rhode Island and Massachusetts since February 2011.
- BOEMRE has initiated government-to-government consultations with three federally-recognized tribes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts on wind energy development on the OCS.
- BOEMRE has discussed the leasing process with interested and affected stakeholders including the Rhode Island and Massachusetts fishing industries. Rhode Island formed a Fishery Advisory Board, which includes both Rhode Island and Massachusetts fishermen.
- Massachusetts established a Fisheries Working Group on Offshore Renewable Energy and a Habitat Working Group on Offshore Renewable Energy to enable the fishing industry to inform the federal leasing process about commercial fishing interests.