Yet another consequence of environmental destruction are the extreme wind velocities from shifts in the polar vortex. I think it is important for us to be as informed as possible about climate change if we are to try to address it. Those who don’t want to believe these things are happening delight, for example, in saying that these periods of extreme cold disprove that global warming is occurring.
One aspect of this that concerns me is what this might mean regarding energy generation from wind turbines. Commercial wind turbines can operate up to a wind speed of about 160 mph. No one knows how high winds speeds might go as further warming of the earth’s surface occurs.
Think winters are getting colder? Blame Arctic warming and, yes, the polar vortex, Mashable, Sept 22, 2017
New WUWT Polar Vortex Reference Page Watts Up With That
Wicked-strong storm beats the Netherlands with 90-mph wind gusts, Washington Post, 1/19/2018. http://wapo.st/2DmzPjv
Storm Eleanor: Travel chaos and thousands left without power as UK lashed by 100mph winds The Telegraph 1/3/2018
Sam Carana’s Facebook post shows additional wind images.