Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2

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Mean and Extreme Wind Velocities in Central Europe 1951–2005 (On The Basis of Data from NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis Project)

Andrzej Araźny, Rajmund Przybylak, Zsuzsanna Vízi, Marek Kejna, Rafał Maszewski, Joanna Uscka-Kowalkowska

Geographia Polonica (2007) vol. 80, iss. 2, pp. 69-78

Abstract

The paper presents the results of research on variability of wind speed in CentralEurope between 1951 and 2005. According to NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data from 35 grids, CentralEurope has witnessed increases in mean wind speed as well as in the number of days withstrong wind, both statistically significant. This attests to the fact that the number of extremephenomena connected with high wind velocities has increased recently.

Keywords: wind speed, NCEP/NCAR reanalysis, Central Europe.

Rajmund Przybylak, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Zsuzsanna Vízi, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Rafał Maszewski, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Joanna Uscka-Kowalkowska, Department of Climatology, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Gagarina 9, 87-100 Toruń, Poland