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Germany in skeptical turmoil on both Climate and Solar/Windfarms February 11, 2012

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Germany in skeptical turmoil on both Climate and Solar/Windfarms

Watts Up With That?
February 6, 2012

I have two major stories out of Germany to report, one on the rise of Climate Skepticism into the mainstream, as Germany’s Top Environmentalist Turns Climate Sceptic, saying

“I couldn’t take it any more. I had to write this book.”

Doubt came two years ago when he was an expert reviewer of an IPCC report on renewable energy. “I discovered numerous errors and asked myself if the other IPCC reports on climate were similarly sloppy.”

….and the other major story is on the failure of solar and wind power in Germany. First, the mainstream skepticism:

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Wind farms may fool forecasters September 2, 2009

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Wind farms may fool forecasters

NZ Herald
September 2, 2009

As long as meteorologists know where the wind farms are they are less likely to cause issues. Photo / Supplied

As long as meteorologists know where the wind farms are they are less likely to cause issues. Photo / Supplied

Moving turbine blades can look a lot like a thunderstorm or even a tornado on radar

Storm clouds are gathering on the horizon for New Zealand weather forecasters, as the number of wind farms grow.

Wind farms generate a storm-like appearance on weather radars, which has caused incorrect forecasts overseas and is now prompting predictions of similar problems here.

Doppler radars used by meteorologists detect storms by picking up movement in the air, MetService chief forecaster Rob Stainer said.

Stationary objects such as buildings and mountain ranges were easily filtered out, but moving wind turbine blades could look a lot like a thunderstorm or even a tornado on the radar.

Problems seemed to occur when wind farms and radar stations were set up within about 18km of one another.

It could cause some serious issues – a tornado alert was recently issued in the United States after a particularly active wind farm was misinterpreted by one meteorologist.

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