Thursday, July 22, 2021

Watching the Wind and Water

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.

Editor’s note: This first appeared in the Explorer’s weekly “Water Line” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Brandon Loomis is a former Adirondack Explorer editor.


4 Responses

  1. nathan says:

    Re-name~ Lake george to host new weather predicions bouy. This bouy will measure wind and water temperatures and help to predict weather better…now toss the BS added to story about wind turbines…..another poorly written story with over sensationalism…The beauty of lake george will never allow wind turbine, unlike to ever allow a single wind turbine in ADK park limits, most likely any wind turbines would be above ADK in the plains along ST. Laurence water way. Very long, extremely flat farm lands that are fairly consistently windy.
    Please write more realistic and complete article Brandon!!!

  2. Pete says:

    The most reliable energy resource with the least overall environmental impact is nuclear power. Solar and wind are intermittent sources and take huge amounts of space with corresponding environmental degradation, the real cost is exceedingly high, and disposal of worn out turbine blades and solar panels produces huge amounts of non-biodegradable waste.

  3. Vanessa B says:

    I know there is baggage about wind turbines within the park limits, but what about wind turbines in Lake Champlain? It’s a really really big lake. To be “comments section” blunt for a moment, I wish more people were motivated by how much unmitigated climate change will change and likely damage the park. I’d definitely trade some turbines for a livable future. It’s amazing that as we see increasingly severe effects every year, some people are still holding on to the idea that we can live like we did in the past…

  4. Charlie Stehlin says:

    “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.”

    > What about wild birds that might fly into them?

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