New PDF release: Wind Energy Handbook, Second Edition

By Tony Burton, Nick Jenkins, David Sharpe, Ervin Bossanyi(auth.)

ISBN-10: 0470699752

ISBN-13: 9780470699751

ISBN-10: 1119992710

ISBN-13: 9781119992714

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Certain identifiable features of this are well known, such as the trade winds and the ‘roaring forties’. The non-uniformity of the earth’s surface, with its pattern of land masses and oceans, ensures that this global circulation pattern is disturbed by smaller-scale variations on continental scales. These variations interact in a highly complex and non-linear fashion to produce a somewhat chaotic result, which is at the root of the day-to-day unpredictability of the weather in particular locations.

There may also be a tendency for strong winds or gales to develop around the time of the spring and autumn equinoxes. Tropical regions also experience seasonal phenomena, such as monsoons and tropical storms, which affect the wind climate. Indeed the extreme winds associated with tropical storms may significantly influence the design of wind turbines intended to survive in these locations. Although a Weibull distribution gives a good representation of the wind regime at many sites, this is not always the case.

The non-uniformity of the earth’s surface, with its pattern of land masses and oceans, ensures that this global circulation pattern is disturbed by smaller-scale variations on continental scales. These variations interact in a highly complex and non-linear fashion to produce a somewhat chaotic result, which is at the root of the day-to-day unpredictability of the weather in particular locations. Clearly though, underlying tendencies remain which lead to clear climatic differences between regions.

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