On Twitter I had an interesting conversation last night with some climate geniuses. I pointed to a Stanford study which said that wind turbines could have reduced Sandy’s wind speeds by 65 MPH.
Stanford University researchers used computer simulations to calculate that a protective wall of 70,000 offshore wind turbines built 60 miles offshore from New Orleans would have reduced Hurricane Katrina’s wind speeds by 50 percent by the time it reached land.
A similar array off the coast of New York or New Jersey could have reduced Hurricane Sandy’s wind speeds by 65 miles per hours, the scientists found.
Sandy was 80 MPH at landfall. If they slowed down the winds by 65 MPH, that would be 15 MPH. I wrote :
They responded with this :
Unless the author explicitly says that 15 MPH is not a hurricane, Evan can’t deduce that fact. Then Evan went the other direction, and claimed that I am saying 15 MPH is 0 MPH
Finally, another genius jumped in and said that conservation of energy doesn’t apply to wind farms.