Monday, February 3, 2014

Miscellaneous “Sun & Shadow” Items – January 2014

The following are miscellaneous sun, shade, solar and solar energy facts and comments. They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Cool, Sochi Russia is at same latitude as Mississauga.

Latest sunrise of the year in Toronto today (Jan 3/14, 7:51am). Altho barely noticeable, trust me, the sun rises earlier starting Jan 4.

Sochi Olympics sunrise/sunset tables - 

Sochi Paralympics sunrise/sunset tables -

Nice!!! Sun starts rising earlier tomorrow (Jan 4) in southern Ontario.

The Sochi Olympics mountain events are at about the same latitude as downtown Toronto.

Scituate turbine study shows shadow flicker more than predicted |

Take a look at the impressive and arduous process of installing a wind turbine. Scituate’s wind turbine was up and running as of Thursday afternoon, ready to serve half of the town’s municipal power needs. The $6 million, 400-foot tall turbine was turned on a little over a month after the huge device was assembled. Since then, construction crews have been working with National Grid employees to get the turbine hooked up to the power grid. On Thursday, crews ran through a list of scenarios to test the turbine’s emergency response before finally turning on the machine.

SCITUATE, MA - Scituate officials said they are exploring options to reduce shadow flicker caused by the industrial wind turbine, after discovering several homes were experiencing the strobe-like effect more frequently than predicted. According to an analysis presented to selectmen last Tuesday, three Scituate homes are experiencing over the state-recommended 30 hours of shadow flicker a year – with one home as high as 69 hours. Five other homes are estimated to experience between 10 and 25 hours of shadow flicker a year. Shadow flicker occurs when the blades of the turbine travel in front of the sun… more -

Nice to feel the days getting longer. Sunset today (Jan 28/14) in Toronto was 32 minutes later than on Jan 1st.

Cheers, Ralph

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