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Wind Farms adversely effecting radar performance

November 20, 2013

Wind farms create vortices that sometimes show up on sophisticated modern radars as weather systems, and can even cause radar images of planes to appear and disappear.  As wind farms increase in both number and in size, this is becoming an increasingly dangerous problem for both military and civilian aircraft and ground controllers.  Additionally, weather tracking and even microwave signals can be impacted by wind farm effects.  The US Air Force is currently looking at ways to solve the radar problem.

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