It’s a windy old world

Draft of 2005.08.29 ☛ 2015.03.20

May include: asking for a friend&c.

Tornadoes striking Finnish golf tournaments.

Here’s a question for the diligent meteorological aficionado out there: What is the distribution of surface wind speeds on the Earth at any given moment? How much does the maximum surface wind speed vary over time, when you bother to check all surface points worldwide?

We’re often told how many earthquakes there are in a day; how many gales? How many hurricane-force winds? How many tornadoes? How many lightning strikes per minute, worldwide?