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Estimates of Hurricane Wind Speeds by the 'Peaks Over Threshold' Method.

pdf icon Estimates of Hurricane Wind Speeds by the 'Peaks Over Threshold' Method. (645 K)
Simiu, E.; Heckert, N. A.; Whalen, T. M.

NIST TN 1416; 49 p. February 1996.

Journal of Structural Engineering, Vol. 124, No. 4, 445-449, April 1998.


NATO Scientific Affairs Division, Brussels, Belgium

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB96-162540


weather effects; hurricanes; building technology; building codes; climatology; extreme value theory; load factors; structural engineering; structural reliability; threshold methods; wind (meteorology)


We report results that lend support to the hypothesis that extreme hurricane wind speeds are described predominantly by reverse Weibull distributions, which have limited upper tails. The results are based on the analysis of hurricane wind speed data obtained in an earlier project and used for the development of the ASCE 7-83 and ASCE 7-93 Standard wind speed map. According to our results, wind load factors should be larger in hurricane-prone regions than the load factor specified in current standard provisions. However, the requisite increases are smaller than would be the case if the distributions were assumed to have infinite upper tails, as has been done so far in all principal studies of hurricane winds in the United States.