Photographs describing the wind exposure at automatic weather stations susceptible to tropical cyclones are now available on Web pages at the National Climatic Data Center and the National Data Buoy Center. Given the exposure for one of eight wind direction sectors, a user may estimate the aerodynamic roughness and correct mean wind measurements to an open-terrain exposure. The open-terrain exposure is consistent with the tropical cyclone advisories and forecasts issued by the National Weather Service, as well as building design wind load standards published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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NOAA Hurricane Research Division, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories, Miami, Florida

NOAA National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, North Carolina

NOAA National Data Buoy Center, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

University of Miami—NOAA Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Science, Miami, Florida