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Gallery of Outflow

Outflow Power

Outflow Power

The underside of an arcus cloud shows a classical, characteristic, crumpled shape. These clouds form in turbulent uplift of warm air, which rises over the relatively cold dome of wind hurled earthward by the storm's core. The turbine here faces the wind and reveals its northwesterly direction. Thunderstorm outflow bothers observers at times, but is good news for Texas electricity customers when some of that wind's power is harnessed for everyday use in homes and businesses. The towers are part of the Trent Mesa Wind Project. This is one of numerous "wind farms" that have sprung up recently from west Texas to Alberta, in order to make use of one of the greatest resources of the Great Plains -- the nearly ceaseless movement of air.

11 NNE Wingate TX (28 Apr 6) looking ENE