Extreme Wind Speeds: Overview
Extreme value analysis is concerned with statistical inference
on extreme values, and is of interest in a wide range of fields.
Two of the main areas of focus are environmental extremes
(e.g., river flow, wind speeds, temperature and rainfall) and
engineering (e.g., structural reliability and strength of
Focus on Wind Speeds
Section I of this web site focuses primarily on extreme value
analysis as it pertains to wind speeds and their effects on
structures. It contains links to relevant papers, a NIST
Statistical Engineering Division specialized web site,
data sets, and software with instructions for users and
Data sets are provided for both non-hurricane and hurricane
Software is needed in most cases to analyze data sets.
A large range of data analysis tools are located in
the software section. First, a basic overview is presented.
The analysis of extreme wind speed data sets using the
software programs Dataplot, MATLAB, and Excel is discussed.
In addition, several custom Fortran77-based
programs are discussed (these codes are freely downloadable
from this site). An extensive discussion and tutorial on the
Dataplot software is provided. Software is provided for
extracting wind speed data from NOAA's Automatic Surface
Observing System (ASOS) records, which can be obtained from
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center for a fee.
Finally, a wide-ranging list of books and publications
of extreme value analysis is provided.
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Date created: 03/05/2004
Last updated: 03/10/2011
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