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New Wind Turbines Could Power Japan For 50 Years After A Single Typhoon

Typhoons are generally associated with mass destruction, but a Japanese engineer has developed a wind turbine that can harness the tremendous power of these storms and turn it into useful energy. If he’s right, a single typhoon could power Japan for 50 years.

A 60-Year-Old Pattern In The Stratosphere Just Reversed

For six decades, scientists have watched a steadily circulating wind pattern in the tropical stratosphere, repeating like clockwork every two years. Now, for the first time, it’s changed direction.

Kill Some Time Playing Around With This Cool Wind Map

Whether you’re a wind enthusiast, a cartography connoisseur or just a bored person online, Windyty is a website you’ll likely have a good time messing around with.

This Dust Devil Must Be Using Dark Magic To Float Things In The Air

Video: I could tell you that this hay floating in the air and spinning around in a circle is a result of a dust devil, where hot air rises up through a small pocket of cooler, low-pressure air above it (kind of like a harmless mini-tornado). Or I could tell you that it’s obviously dark magic at work and the dust devil is actually trying to suspend as much hay as possible in the air to open a hole into another dimension. I don’t know. You decide.

The Sheer Force Of The Super Typhoon In Taiwan Is Really Scary To See

Video: Typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan Friday morning and reached winds of over 241km/h. According to the Weather Channel, three people have died and over 100 were injured due to the super typhoon. Seeing the incredible strength of the storm is truly terrifying — you can see the powerful winds tossing cars, shaking buildings and ripping the ground.

New South Wales Is Coming Last In The Renewable Energy Race

Just 6 per cent of New South Wales is using renewable electricity. By contrast, Tasmania is on 95 per cent (but with good reason) and fellow mainlander South Australia is sitting at 40 per cent.

And with just $1.4m set aside in the budget to foster the renewable energy sector, the New South Wales doesn’t seem to be keen to lift its ranking among the states from dead last to anything better.

What It's Like To Walk Against 100 MPH Winds

Video: Going up against winds over 161km/h? You’re going to lose. Watch as weather observers Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham from the Mount Washington Observatory goof off on the observation deck off the mountain in New Hampshire to show us what it’s like to stand, walk, and jump against 175km/h winds. The wind is so strong it pretty much acts like an invisible physical barrier.

Watching These Aeroplanes Try To Land In Crazy Winds Is The Scariest Thing

Here’s some truly frightening footage of aeroplanes landing at Birmingham Airport in the UK. “Landing” actually might not be the best term for these though because the aeroplanes look more like they’re spinning sideways and tilting out of control and praying that their wheels touch the ground instead of bouncing off like a basketball. These giant flying machines look more like toys than actual aeroplanes holding hundreds of people.

Chicago Skyscrapers 'Raining Glass' After Scary High Winds

Buildings were evacuated in downtown Chicago this afternoon as 111km/h wind gusts whipped glass out of under-construction skyscrapers, smashing them into nearby buildings and shattering them onto streets below.

Why Wind Power Is Finally Taking Off In America

Last year saw a lot of wind turbines and farms being built. So many, that in 2015, the wind industry installed more electricity-generating capacity than any other energy source in America. That’s enough to power 19 million American homes.

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