Wind Report Includes
Storm damage reports (wind, tornado, hurricane)
Sustained wind speeds, peak gusts, and direction
Weather data site location map in relation to incident
National Weather Service forecasts and wind advisories
Contour vector map showing wind direction in the region
Windy conditions have been blamed for agricultural over spray issues, vehicle accidents, boating mishaps, and of course structural damage to name a few. Strong damaging winds can either be isolated to a small geographical area such as damage caused by a thunderstorm downburst…or very widespread like the damage observed after a hurricane. Hourly airport wind information, damage reports, and weather forecasts can all be used to identify what type of wind event happened and how extreme is was…or was not.
High winds were claimed for damage at a location in Decatur, Illinois. It was first determined if damage was noted in the state on the date in question. In this case…yes; however, no damage reports were observed in the Decatur region.
Weather advisories were examined as were wind data near the address of interest. On site inspection indicated that although winds were gusting around 40mph…these winds should not have caused structural damage. It was concluded that improper construction was at fault and not wind.