Extreme Wind Speeds at 129 Airport Stations

by Emil Simiu, (M.ASCE), Research Engr.; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,
James J. Filliben, Mathematical Statistician; Center for Applied Mathematics, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,
Michael Changery, Climatologist; National Climatic Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Asheville, N.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 4, Pg. 809-817

Document Type: Journal Paper


Information is presented on extreme wind speeds at 129 airport stations in the contiguous United States at which reliable records are available over a number of consecutive years. This information is provided to serve as basic documentation from which appropriate decisions can be made on values of design wind speeds to be specified: (1) In building codes and standards; and (2)on projects that warrant special consideration from the wind loading standpoint.

Subject Headings: Wind speed | Airports and airfields | Wind loads | Building codes | Load factors | United States

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