Editor’s note
The following abstract describes a publication that is only available as a downloadable PDF.

Developed by Montana State University Extension and the University of Wyoming
Adapted with permission

This guide is one in the Exploring Energy Efficiency and Alternatives (E3A): Small Wind Energy Applications for the Home, Farm or Ranch series. This one will help you understand the effects of wind speed, wind shear, wind distribution, prevailing winds, turbulence and elevation.


  • Air density
  • Local wind speed data
  • Sheltering
  • Turbulence and obstruction
  • Wind distribution
  • Wind maps
  • Wind rose
  • Wind shear
  • Wind speed


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