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Progress in Circumventing Limitations of Upper Wind Records

Norman L. CanfieldNational Weather Records Center, Asheville, N.C.

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Orvel E. SmithGeorge C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, Ala.

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William W. VaughanGeorge C. Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, Ala.

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Abstract

Climatological upper wind records have been found to be inadequate for certain statistical analyses such as the computation of interlevel correlation coefficients, time series analysis and persistence analysis. This article presents a comparison of upper wind data as observed and made available for climatological purposes with that of upper wind records that have been made serially complete. During the winter months at Kennedy Space Center the mean wind speed, as derived from the serially completed wind records, can be as much as 10 meters per second greater than the mean wind speed derived from the observed wind data.

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Climatological upper wind records have been found to be inadequate for certain statistical analyses such as the computation of interlevel correlation coefficients, time series analysis and persistence analysis. This article presents a comparison of upper wind data as observed and made available for climatological purposes with that of upper wind records that have been made serially complete. During the winter months at Kennedy Space Center the mean wind speed, as derived from the serially completed wind records, can be as much as 10 meters per second greater than the mean wind speed derived from the observed wind data.

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