Wind Turbines Visible on Radar

 According to the Nebraska Public Power District, the Laredo Ridge wind farm near Petersburg became operational Tuesday, February 1, 2011.  Laredo Ridge, located 3 miles northeast of Petersburg, Nebraska has 54 wind turbines.  Note; a strong temperature inversion was observed the morning these images were captured which allowed the radar beam to sample the turbines.  Normally, these returns will not be observed when atmospheric conditions are such that convection is occurring.   

 View of the Laredo Ridge wind turbines from the Hastings, NE WSR-88D.  View of the Laredo Ridge wind turbines from the Omaha/Valley, NE WSR-88D.
The wind turbines from various Iowa wind farms showed up a littler later in the morning on the Omaha/Valley WSR-88D.  

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