Cape Wind Offers Real-Time Weather Data

Cape Wind, which proposed what could be the first offshore wind farm in the United States, has made real-time information from its recently installed scientific data tower on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound available on its website.

Yarmouth Port – July 3, 2003 [] “We are pleased to be able to make this important information available to recreational boaters, fishermen, commercial mariners and scientists,” Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said. “We hope this information can contribute to our understanding of Nantucket Sound environmental conditions, marine safety and enjoyment.” Cape Wind Vice President of Engineering Len Fagan, observed that “boaters in Nantucket Sound will now, for the first time, be able to check real-time conditions in Nantucket Sound before they head out.” This weather data includes wind speed, wind direction, wave height and direction, current speed and direction, air temperature, sea temperature, and barometric pressure. The two million dollar Scientific Data Tower was constructed by AGM Marine of Mashpee and had scientific instrumentation installed by Woods Hole Group of Falmouth. The link to “Current Weather Conditions” is located at the upper right corner of Cape Wind’s homepage. Surface current speed, direction and water temperature are updated every six minutes. Wind speed, wind direction, air temperature and atmospheric pressure are updated every ten minutes. Wave height and direction are updated every 30 minutes. The web page also provides an estimate of Cape Wind’s renewable energy production based on average wind speeds of the past hour and compares the amount of air pollution that would be prevented by offsetting various sources of conventional power such as coal, oil and gas.
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