Have you been wondering how the offshore wind development proposed for the Humboldt area might affect your peace and tranquility? The feds are here to attempt to address your concerns.

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the visual simulation below illustrates what the project’s visual impact would be should you find yourself looking out into the Pacific Ocean from Sue-meg State Park.

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What are you looking at? A note about how to wrap your mind around this image from BOEM:

The simulations are intended to be viewed as large high-resolution printed panoramas with the printed image attached to curved stands and placed at a proper viewing distance based on the image width. The panoramas cover a field of view 124-degrees horizontally by 55-degrees vertically, which is consistent with the typical human field of view.

For example, a 36”-wide panorama image would be placed at a distance of approximately 16 inches from the viewer. The images viewed on this website are digital representations and the visibility of the turbines projected on a computer screen will depend on the scale at which the image is being viewed. Simply put, zooming in on the image will over-represent visibility and, conversely, zooming out will minimize visibility of the turbines.

That’s all well and good, you’re thinking. But what will these things look like at night? Hey, here’s another image to click.