Using Wind Turbines for Natural Navigation, Weather Forecasting and Surf Reports

A guest blog post today from John Hudson of John Hudson Survival.

“I live and work in Cornwall. Our granite peninsular juts out into the Atlantic just far enough to catch the first of whatever the South Westerly weather throws at the UK. It’s the ideal zone for wind turbines and they’re springing up on Cornish horizons in all shapes and sizes. Across the UK as a whole they are an ever more common feature in our landscape.

What I’ve noticed is that all the bigger turbines turn the same way. All of them. Regardless of whether the big windmill blades are in front of or behind the turbine housing. When you look at one with the wind at your back they all turn clockwise.

So what? Well I’ve used them now as an aid to natural navigation and for predicting good surfing conditions. If you can’t feel the wind on your skin, maybe because you’re in a sheltered spot, on a lee slope or in your car travelling, you can actually see the wind now. Couple your overall knowledge of the prevailing wind conditions with the direction you see the turbine spinning and you can work out which way you are facing. Very handy when the sun’s behind clouds.

If you see turbines slowly changing their aspects while you’re out you could possibly do some amateur weather forecasting too……rain.”

Great stuff, thanks John!

If you have spotted anything that can be helpful for navigators, please drop me a line. With your permission I will blog it or guest post it and include a link if you would like too.


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