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Are average wind speeds increasing?

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Asked by: Tracey Townsend

Since 2010 the global average wind speed has increased from about 7 mph to about 7.4 mph.

Are wind speeds increasing or decreasing?

A 2019 study found that in the preceding nine years the global average wind speed increased nearly 6 percent, from 7.0 to 7.4 mph.

Has average wind speed increased?

In less than a decade, the global average wind speed has increased from about 7 mph to about 7.4 mph. For the average wind turbine, that translates to a 17% increase in potential wind energy. That might explain about half the increase in U.S. wind power capacity since 2010, researchers say.

Is it windier now than it used to be?

A new study led by Princeton University researchers found that from wind speeds decreased by about 2.3% per decade, but that things began to shift in and 2017 speeds increased roughly 7%, which means that an average wind turbine produced 17% more energy in 2017 than in 2010.

Why is wind speed increasing?

Wind speed has been changing as a result of human-induced climate change and is projected to continue this course in the future.

Are the winds changing?

Typically, the westerlies blow from west to east across the planet’s middle latitudes. But scientists have noticed that over the last several decades, these winds are changing, migrating poleward. Research suggests this is because of climate change.

How is global warming affecting wind?

The most recent report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change expects that, in most regions, the mean wind speed will decrease as a result of climate change. Between , global mean land wind speed (excluding Australia) showed a reduction of 0.063m per second every decade.

Why is it windier in the winter?

During the winter, the jet stream shifts south and as a result, winds aloft increase substantially. In fact, jet stream winds can exceed 100 mph at times during the cold season! Sometimes these strong winds can mix down to the surface resulting in very strong and gusty conditions.

What changes wind speed?

Air Pressure
At the Earth’s surface, wind blows horizontally from high pressure to low pressure areas. The speed is determined by the rate of air pressure change, or gradient, between the two pressure areas. The greater the pressure difference, the faster the winds.

How can we increase wind speed?

Yes and no. Obviously wind is a naturally occurring phenomenon beyond humankind’s manipulation, but there is one thing that can be done to increase wind speeds experienced by a wind turbine at a given location; go upwards by increasing the tower height.

Which parts of the United States have stronger average wind speeds?

Please note that we only rank locations with ‘Average Wind Speed’ data. The rank above might not be a complete list.
U.S. Average Wind Speed State Rank.

Rank Average Wind Speed ▼ State / Population
1. 31.44 mph District of Columbia / 633,736
2. 21.32 mph South Dakota / 834,708
3. 21.03 mph Montana / 1,006,370
4. 20.88 mph Wyoming / 575,251

Does wind speed increase in a tunnel?

This is known as a “tunnel effect”. So, even if the general wind speed in open terrain may be, say, 6 metres per second, it can easily reach 9 metres per second in a natural “tunnel”. Placing a wind turbine in such a tunnel is one clever way of obtaining higher wind speeds than in the surrounding areas.