A 26-Year Time Series of Monthly Mean Winds Over the Oceans: Part 1 - A Statistical Verification of Computed Surface Winds Over the North Pacific and North Atlantic,
ENVIRONMENTAL PREDICTION RESEARCH FACILITY (NAVY) MONTEREY CALIF
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The increasing interest in long term inter-annual weather changes and their relation to processes in the ocean is begining to illuminate the need for and the lack of long term records of physically significant variables which occur over the vast oceanic regions of the northern hemisphere. An attempt is made here to evaluate the accuracy of a hindcast time series of surface wind vector components and speeds for the period of January 1960 through December 1969. The quasi-geostrophic model used to calculate these records is described as well as the twelve-hourly surface pressure data which were used as input. The central moments of the probability distributions of the computed records are compared to those of corresponding time series observed on Ocean Station Vessels.