Scientist measures wind farm wind speeds in northern Oklahoma

National Wind Institute


In northern Oklahoma sits a special radar site with a specific goal of measuring the flow of wind through some of the neighboring wind farms.

It is maintained and operated by the Texas Tech University National Wind Institute and is located about 10 miles east of Enid. The U.S. Department of Energy funds the operation.

The Enid News and Eagle recently interviewed the man who designed the radar site and does the maintenance on it…Jerry Guynes, an electrical engineer and research professor at the National Wind Institute. His specialty is high-energy physics and he is considered to be one of the world’s top weather radar engineers.

“I designed and built the SMART-Radars in this station, which basically measure the flow of wind through the wind farms,” he told the newspaper.

“Two radars measure the flow of the wind through the turbines, and the information is sent back to a third radar located at Texas Tech. The three radars combine to produce a three-dimensional image that can scan two million acres in a minute.”

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