Variation of Mean Winds with Height in Hurricanes

by Emil Simiu, Struct. Res. Engr.; Ctr. for Bldg. Tech., Natl. Bureau of Standards, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 4, Pg. 833-837

Document Type: Journal Paper


The importance of predicting the variation of tropical cyclone winds with height has long been recognized in structural engineering literature. The purpose of this note is to show, on the basis of simplified models of the boundary layer in cyclostrophic and geostrophic flow, that the differences between profiles of tropical cyclone and extratropical storm winds appear indeed to be significant.

Subject Headings: Wind engineering | Hurricanes and typhoons | Tropical regions | Cyclones | Boundary layers | Flow profiles | Structural models

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