Description: The upper atmospheric wind resource for the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska is assessed. The raw data were obtained from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. The probability distributions of velocity are presented for 54 sites, and detailed calm wind analyses have been undertaken for five of these locations. On the average, the wind lulls about one day per week for a period in excess of about 30 hours. It is shown that the average power density of this wind resource can be as high as 16 kW/m/sup 2/ at northeastern US sites. This power density is at a maximum around the 300-mb pressure level.
Date: February 1, 1982
Creator: O'Doherty, R.J. & Roberts, B.W.
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