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Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2006-07-26
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The UK mean wind data describes the mean wind speed and direction, and the direction, speed and time of the maximum gust, all during 1 or more hours, ending at the stated time and date. The data is collected by observation stations across the UK and transmitted within the following message types: SYNOP, HCM, AWSHRLY, DLY3208, HWNDAUTO and HWND6910. The data spans from 1949 to present.

Citable as:  Met Office (2006): MIDAS: UK Mean Wind Data. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: Met Office, MIDAS, UK, meteorology, wind speed, wind direction, gust


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Access rules:
Restricted data: please submit an application using the REQUEST ACCESS link for access.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data collated by the Met Office and archived in the Met Office's MIDAS database. Data are extracted from a sub-set of available tables and delivered to BADC approximately on a monthly basis as flat files.

Data Quality:
Data undergo quality checking by the Met Office. State of the data in the quality control process and level of data quality are indicated using version numbers and quality control flagging with the data. See documentation about how to use the quality control flagging and version numbers. There are also some known data from commissioning trials in the data, which are given a src_id of 99999. These should be ignored by the user.
File Format:
Data are ASCII formatted
  • long_name: 10 Metre U Wind
  • names: 10 Metre U Wind
  • long_name: 10 Metre V Wind
  • names: 10 Metre V Wind
  • long_name: 10 Minute Mean Wind Direction
  • names: 10 Minute Mean Wind Direction
  • long_name: 10 Minute Mean Wind Speed
  • names: 10 Minute Mean Wind Speed
  • long_name: Atmospheric Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Atmospheric Winds
  • names: Atmospheric Winds,
  • long_name: Mean Hourly Wind Direction
  • names: Mean Hourly Wind Direction
  • long_name: Mean Hourly Wind Speed
  • names: Mean Hourly Wind Speed
  • long_name: Surface Winds
  • gcmd_url:
  • gcmd_keyword: Surface Winds
  • names:, Surface Winds
  • long_name: Wind Direction
  • names: Wind Direction
  • long_name: Wind Gusts At 10 m
  • names: Wind Gusts At 10 m
  • long_name: Windspeed
  • names: Windspeed

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