Assessing the joint wind and temperature hazard for the United States

Franklin T. Lombardo, Hung Nguyen Sinh, Chris Letchford, David V. Rosowsky

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Reliability-based design of infrastructure requires the probabilistic assessment of jointly occurring natural hazards. For example, wind and temperature are hazards whose properties are of interest for design of transmission lines and energy infrastructure for both temperature extremes as well as offshore and enclosed structures. Increasing temperatures across the globe likely will increase the frequency of high temperature loading conditions and subsequently decrease low temperature conditions for infrastructure. A shift in location of areas of specific temperature loading conditions is also possible. In addition to infrastructure, the joint wind and temperature hazard can present problems for air quality, urban environment issues (e.g., urban heat wave and wind flows), energy demand and human comfort levels. High temperatures combined with high winds can become a significant hazard for wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires which also pose a significant threat to infrastructure and human life. In this paper, observed wind and temperature data are analyzed for locations in the Northern Plains and Southern California. These areas may be subject to more frequent wind, icing, and wind-driven wildfire events than most areas in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress
EditorsGlenn R. Bell, Matt A. Card
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784413357
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventStructures Congress 2014 - Boston, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2014Apr 5 2014

Publication series

NameStructures Congress 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 Structures Congress


OtherStructures Congress 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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