Comparison and validation of full-scale data from wind measurements in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Andries C. Kruger, Adam M. Goliger, Xiaoli Guo Larsén, Ryan Bradley, Johan V. Retief

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Abstract

The complexity of the wind climate of Cape Town and its surroundings can be shown by the measurements of specific wind phenomena by weather stations around Table Mountain. It is shown that there are substantial differences between wind speed characteristics affecting various parts of the city. These differences between the wind at the different locations are further complicated by the main strong wind mechanisms prevailing in the region, i.e. north-westerly winds from passing extratropical cyclones, mainly in the austral winter, and south-easterlies from ridging high-pressure systems, mainly in the summer months. This initial investigation is the precursor of a broader study involving wind tunnel modelling, wind measurements and climate modelling, to provide a comprehensive analysis of the spatial variability of strong winds in the Cape Peninsula.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - XIII Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering, IN-VENTO 2014
Number of pages7
PublisherItalian Association for Wind Engineering
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event13th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering - Polytechnical school of the University of Genova, Genova, Italy
Duration: 22 Jun 201425 Jun 2014
Conference number: 13
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Conference

Conference13th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering
Number13
LocationPolytechnical school of the University of Genova
CountryItaly
CityGenova
Period22/06/201425/06/2014
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