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Northern Ireland's longstanding record wind gust is almost certainly incorrect

Aylott, L; Burt, S; Saunders, M; (2020) Northern Ireland's longstanding record wind gust is almost certainly incorrect. Weather , 75 (1) pp. 8-13. 10.1002/wea.3613. Green open access

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Abstract

Accurate assessment of record extreme wind gusts is important for building design standards and for industries such as insurance and forestry. Here, we show that the current record wind gust for Northern Ireland – 108kn (56ms−1) recorded at Kilkeel on 12 January 1974 – is almost certainly incorrect and may have arisen from an instrumental error or a power surge. We deduce this from direct anemograph inspection and from a variety of indirect supporting evidence. We recommend that other longstanding UK record wind gusts should also be independently re‐examined to assess their veracity.

Type: Article
Title: Northern Ireland's longstanding record wind gust is almost certainly incorrect
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/wea.3613
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/wea.3613
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Space and Climate Physics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082637
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