individual

Authors' Class Standing

Carolyn Kiss, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Carolyn Kiss

Faculty Mentor Name

Randell Barry

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to determine the time of year with the highest probability of optimum conditions to hold an event at selected NASCAR tracks. This project is important to the NASCAR industry because it aims to minimize the number of events postponed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions and focus on keeping fans comfortable. This analysis is based on a set of optimum meteorological conditions intended to maximize fan comfort. These conditions include limits on: (1) a calculated apparent temperature that includes both moisture and wind chill effects, (2) wind speed, and (3) the presence of precipitation. Hourly weather data taken from a representative observation site located near each chosen track is examined and the frequency of optimum conditions is identified for specified periods to determine the probability of when the conditions will be optimum for an event.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes

Share

COinS
 

Optimal Meteorological Conditions at Selected NASCAR Facilities

The purpose of this research is to determine the time of year with the highest probability of optimum conditions to hold an event at selected NASCAR tracks. This project is important to the NASCAR industry because it aims to minimize the number of events postponed or cancelled due to poor weather conditions and focus on keeping fans comfortable. This analysis is based on a set of optimum meteorological conditions intended to maximize fan comfort. These conditions include limits on: (1) a calculated apparent temperature that includes both moisture and wind chill effects, (2) wind speed, and (3) the presence of precipitation. Hourly weather data taken from a representative observation site located near each chosen track is examined and the frequency of optimum conditions is identified for specified periods to determine the probability of when the conditions will be optimum for an event.

 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.