By Clare Clancy, The Windsor Star, August 10, 2014
TORONTO – Environment Canada is preparing to roll out new radar technology in order to combat wind farm clutter, which clouds weather forecasts, misleads meteorologists and can even block radar signals.
Jim Young, who works at the agency’s national radar program, said new software will be incorporated into Canada’s radar system this fall in an effort to address the “contamination” caused by wind turbines.
“I certainly have very high hopes,” he said, adding that Environment Canada has been concerned about wind farm clutter for years.
The agency uses Doppler radar to predict storms, but the movement of wind turbine propellers can mimic weather.
Young said accurate radar data relies on movement — still objects including buildings, trees and towers are filtered out to allow for an analysis of the weather.
On its website, Environment Canada warns that the degradation of…