It's flat as a pancake here in northwest Ohio and spring means we're going to have some windy days. A lot of windy days. Being farm country with only little dots of woods here and there, there isn't much of anything to stop it in its path, so unless you live in town, you might as well learn to live with it. A former neighbor hated it so much that he mentioned it more than once as a contributing factor for wanting to move.
Yes, it can be that windy, which is actually a good thing, in one respect, especially in spring. Our area used to be a swamp. With a lot of hard work, early settlers cleared and drained the fertile land and most farms have tile installed for ongoing help with drainage of the clay soil. With spring rains, the soil can remain wet for a long time, so strong and sustained winds help dry it out.
Those same winds have made this area a recent hotbed of wind farm installations. The construction of the towers and turbines has begun and last weekend, we drove the short distance to see the first completed one. There are several towers erected, just waiting for their turbines and many, many more in various stages of construction.
|Kara, who is 5' 10" tall, is dwarfed by one of the turbines.|
We'll have them on three sides of us, eventually. Some will be closer than others, but all will be visible, to some extent. Personally, I love them, for two reasons. I find them to be architecturally beautiful, especially when there are several in a group. It's kind of like plants - one is fine, three is divine. Things just look better en masse. :-)
The most important reason I love them is because of what they do. The wind is there for the taking. Why not use it to generate electric power?