URI researchers find declining inland wind speeds
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — University of Rhode Island researchers have found that average wind speeds in southern New England have fallen inland by about 15 percent while remaining steady offshore.
URI Graduate School of Oceanography student Kelly Knorr and Professor John Merrill found that wind speeds at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick fell from about 9 knots to 7.7 knots from 1975 to last year. They fell from about 8.2 knots to 7 knots at the airport in New Bedford, Mass., from 1973 to last year.
Wind speeds recorded at a buoy at the mouth of Buzzards Bay found they remained steady at about 15 knots over the last 25 years.
The researchers suggest several reasons, including changing weather patterns, urbanization and possibly climate change.