By Julie Carr
Minnesota Department of Transportation Aeronautics 

New law begins to make Meteorological Evaluation Towers more visible in Minnesota


December 1, 2020

Photo courtesy of Julie Carr

Meteorological towers (met towers) are being built in Minnesota. The towers are used to collect wind data and other weather information such as temperature, humidity and rain.

Met towers are getting built in large part because they are crucial in the development of modern wind farms. The data collected by met towers help developers determine if a site is economically viable for a wind farm. With increased interest in the development of wind energy, comes increased prominence of met towers.

Met towers are stand-alone towers that range between 50 to 200 feet in height. Many towers are built...

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