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Creating U.S. Climate Data

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Creating U.S. Climate Data

  A cornerstone of design performance and energy modeling is access to relevant climate data. Climate data is the basis for the climatological conditions a structure will be subjected to during a computational analysis. Intuitively, we understand the broadly generalized differences between locations like Phoenix versus Minneapolis. However, a computer program needs more than intuition, it needs data.   Climate data defined In the most simple terms, the climate data files accessed by energy modeling programs contain annual, monthly, daily, and even….

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Comparing Indianapolis’ Extreme Precipitation Patterns with Historic Averages

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Comparing Indianapolis’ Extreme Precipitation Patterns with Historic Averages

Image courtesy of Cullogo. Last summer, I wrote about the extreme weather patterns in Indianapolis. The historic heatwave and drought  of 2012 has had a lasting impact on the region. June 2012 recorded only 0.09 inches of rainfall, which shattered the previous record of 0.36 inches set in 1988. The summer of 2012 marked the second year in a row in which a considerable lack of precipitation affected central Indiana. Will the drought pattern repeat itself in 2013? Some forecasters are concerned….

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