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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oceanographers: Wind speeds declining inland, remaining steady on coast

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Chris Hoare

URI oceanographers have analyzed long-term data from several anemometers in southern New England and found that average wind speeds have declined by about 15 percent at inland sites while speeds have remained steady at an offshore site.

Graduate student Kelly Knorr and Professor John Merrill found that average wind speeds at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick declined from about 9 knots to 7.7 knots from 1975 to 2011 and from about 8.2 knots to 7 knots at New Bedford Regional Airport from 1973 to 2011. A 25-year record of wind speeds at a buoy at the mouth of Buzzards Bay, Mass., shows that wind speeds there remained steady at about 15 knots during the period.

Knorr and Merrill suggest several reasons for the decline in wind speeds at...


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