• Jun 2nd 2011 at 2:44PM
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According to the UK's government statistics, 13 of the past 16 months have been less windy than average – while 2010 was the "stillest" year of the decade. Furthermore, meteorologists warn that a shift in the Atlantic jet stream could alter wind patterns over the next 40 years, leaving many of the UK's power-generating turbines without sufficient wind.

Statistics back up the claim that winds sweeping across the British Isles are weakening. Last year, wind speeds over the UK averaged 8.9 miles per hour, a decline of 20 percent compared to 2008, and far below the 10.5 mph average recorded over the past century.

Usually, the UK has rather warm and windy winters thanks to the Atlantic jet stream. However, the past two winters have featured frigid temperatures and calm winds as the jet stream diverted from its normal position. Meteorologists say that the position of the jet stream has been influenced by lower levels of activity on the sun. This decline in activity, according to some climate experts, could continue for 40 years, potentially disrupting turbine activity for nearly half a century.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      Mr. Loveday is obvious shill for the fossil fuel industry and the Fascist HaliburCheneyRethuglicantBushitlers hellbent on global environmental decimation.
        • 8 Months Ago
        No problem. Just have the Nobel Peace Prize winner over for a Hope&Change! speech. Since he can stop the rising of sea levels adding a little extra to the wind is easy.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Brittle power sources, like wind and solar, will never replace fossil fuels or nuclear, unless you wish to sit in the dark, and freeze.
      John R
      • 8 Months Ago
      There you go - unequivocal proof that wind farms are using up all our wind! (JK)
      • 8 Months Ago
      Dan, the environmental dork with never had a date in life, is in the house, again. ZZZZZZZZZZZ
      • 8 Months Ago
      In other news experts not expected to run out of wind.
      • 8 Months Ago
      The Telegraph does not commission scientific reports.This is based on UK Government figures and a study by Reading University.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Hey Markkiernen, who is ignoring science? You are. The article clearly states the cause of jet stream movement is related to solar cycles. There is more to climate change than Climate Change.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "An yll wynde that blowth no man to good, men say." John Heywood
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      so.... Rupert Murdoch owns the Telegraph? if winds on earth were to cease forever, that would be fairly major news.. how likely is that? same as Murdoch going to heaven.
      • 8 Months Ago
      They should adopt the method of audi to '' load '' the turbine, that way they increase tremendously the efficiency and don't have to match the grid, an almost impossible way to use wind turbines.
      David Peilow
      • 8 Months Ago
      Not sure how this is car news...
      Ford Future
      • 8 Months Ago
      Actually, Texas has been under drought conditions for the last 3 years. And Farmers and Ranchers are getting hit First. Second, is the consumer with higher Food and Meat Prices.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I've wondered about the impact , if any, on wind patterns/weather/climate of wind farms if they proliferate. It's quite obvious what dams do to rivers and how they alter the flow, ecosystem, etc of rivers. What happens if we rob too much energy from the winds? Is it possible for us to create a "stagnation" of sorts and alter the ecosystem due to taking energy out of the winds?
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