Wind turbine cloud trails

Originally tweeted by NOAA Climate.gov (@NOAAClimate) on 12 February 2021.

I couldn’t resist posting this aircraft picture of wind turbines producing cloud trails. I don’t know where the turbines are, possibly somewhere close to home, but conditions must have just been right for the turbulence from the rotor blades to disturb the moist air enough to produce cloud. It looks like there’s quite a gap from the blades to where the cloud starts to form, and as chance would have it the wind is almost exactly aligned with how the wind turbines have been placed.

1 thought on “Wind turbine cloud trails”

  1. It’s an Aerial view from the Southeast, of wake clouds at Horns Rev wind farm North Sea off Denmark, on February 12th, 2008 (© Vattenfall, Horns Rev 1. Photographer Christian Steiness

    When the wind is in that direction they only run the 1st, 4th, 7th rows & stall all the others to prevent the turbulence building up & tearing the blades apart of the rear machines.

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