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A forthcoming paper in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society found there were more than twice the number of extreme regional snowstorms from 1961-2010 in the U.S. as there were in the previous 60 years.



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Sunday, wind power could supply electricity to over 19,000 pple in the La Crosse area
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The gusts from the winter storm this week may have begun to die, but the winds of March will keep blowing strong for weeks to come. This month is typically one of the windiest times of the year in La Crosse, but that makes it one of the best times for harnessing wind power.

The graphic above shows roughly how many people in the La Crosse area over the next four days could get their electricity from wind power generated at one of two wind farms in Fond du Lac County: the BlueSkyGreenField project, or the Cedar Ridge farm. The yellow line tracks the National Weather Service’s wind-speed forecast for Thursday through Sunday. The blue bars represent the potential power output from the wind turbines at those two facilities, in terms of the number of people those turbines could supply with low-emissions electricity. However, how much electricity is actually generated depends on several factors, like how the wind actually blows, and how many turbines are operational.

On Sunday, which is forecasted to be the windiest of the next four days, wind power could bring electricity to over 19,000 people.




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