New York, like the nation and world, has big plans for using offshore wind power as a way of reducing carbon emissions and the severity of climate change. Recently we learned that the Adirondacks — far inland from the Atlantic Coast — will play a role in helping make that successful.
Adirondack Explorer reporter Gwendolyn Craig explained that researchers will use Lake George as a proving ground for a buoy that could improve offshore weather prediction — thus helping zero in on areas where windmills might be used to greatest effect. Perhaps surprisingly, for those of us long used to seeing elaborate nightly weather forecasts on land, there’s no good precision observation system for wind and weather over water. At present, developers use satellites to model the best locations.
Note that I did NOT say offshore windmills are coming to Lake George. We wouldn’t want to alarm all those boaters, parasailers and others who enjoy the lake’s famed beauty. This is a buoy with some instrumentation on it, and, in fact, it could help to maintain the lake’s beauty into the future. As Gwen reported, there’s a chance this system could prove useful to the Jefferson Project, which is working to model lake conditions in an effort to help prevent harmful algal blooms, such as the one that popped up on Lake George last fall.
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