In early November 2004, Williams put up a 50 meter (165 foot) measurement tower in Hopkins Memorial forest near the crest of the Taconic Ridge in Massachusetts. The tower supports anemometers at 50, 40, and 30 meters, wind vanes at 50 and 40 meters, and a thermometer.
The data from the instruments are stored in a data logger, which then uses a cell phone to call in to the college and report the data. The cell phone runs off of batteries that are charged by small solar panels. The wind tower currently calls in data every hour.
The most recent data is from the ten minute period up to and including
Eastern Standard Time
(not Eastern Daylight Time)
The average wind speed at 50 m was
At that wind speed, a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine built by GE would produce approximately
0 kilowatts of electricity
The average wind direction at 50 m was
(North = 0, East = 90, South = 180, West = 270)