Articles | Volume 21, issue 7
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2001–2020, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-2001-2021
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2001–2020, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-21-2001-2021

Research article 02 Jul 2021

Research article | 02 Jul 2021

Intense windstorms in the northeastern United States

Frederick W. Letson et al.

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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (19 Feb 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto
AR by Frederick Letson on behalf of the Authors (22 Feb 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Feb 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Mar 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (02 Apr 2021)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by editor and referees) (14 Apr 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto
AR by Frederick Letson on behalf of the Authors (27 Apr 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 May 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (11 May 2021)
ED: Publish as is (12 May 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Frederick Letson on behalf of the Authors (24 Jun 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (24 Jun 2021) by Joaquim G. Pinto
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Short summary
Windstorms during the last 40 years in the US Northeast are identified and characterized using the spatial extent of extreme wind speeds at 100 m height from the ERA5 reanalysis. During all of the top 10 windstorms, wind speeds exceeding the local 99.9th percentile cover at least one-third of the land area in this high-population-density region. These 10 storms followed frequently observed cyclone tracks but have intensities 5–10 times the mean values for cyclones affecting this region.
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