This year Colorado is experiencing a very windy spring, with stronger and more frequent winds than normal — often 25 to 35 miles per hour, according to an article in the Denver Post. The article quotes CSU atmospheric science researcher Nolan Doesken, who says, “Fast moving disturbances from the Pacific…leav[es] us with a bluster of wind.” So what is the science behind wind? We have a number of publications in our library, many from CSU, that study and explain the phenomenon. Search our web catalog using keywords like wind, clouds, atmosphere, etc.
Wind is also a major part of the state’s “new energy economy.” For information on wind energy, here are a few titles available from our library:
- Wind Resource Evaluation at Colorado Agricultural Operations. Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, 2010
- Research Study: Energy Development and the Transportation System. Colorado Dept. of Transportation, 2010 (includes a chapter on wind energy)
- Wind Energy for Colorado Home Owners, Farmers and Small Businesses. Colorado State University Extension, 2009.
- Connecting Colorado’s Renewable Resources to the Markets. Governor’s Energy Office, 2007.
- Wind Energy in Colorado: A Practical Guide for Farmers and Ranchers about Producing Energy from Wind. Colorado State University Extension, 2007.
- What Every Westerner Should Know About Energy. University of Colorado at Boulder Center of the American West, 2003.
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