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What effect do wind farms have on weather?

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According to temperature readings from one of the oldest wind farms in the U.S., near Palm Springs, Calif., the turbines make it warmer at night and cooler during the day, generally speaking. ... "I think that these wind farms, especially if they are spaced sufficiently apart, will not have global-scale effects. read more

On the other hand, wind turbines also have a habit of icing up and, occasionally, throwing ice under those kinds of frost conditions, says Kathryn McCullough, whose family owns a wind farm and an agricultural farm on the same land in Oregon. "We haven't noticed temperature changes from the towers," she says. read more

The wind farms just harness the energy of the wind but don’t affect the weather at all. The problem with wind farms is that they effect birds that live near them or fly through the area during migration. There have been reports of large birds of prey (eagles,hawks) that were killed by the spinning wind turbines as the flew near them. read more

Marilyn responds:Yes, and the more widespread they become, the more these changes will go beyond the immediate area. read more

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