NCEP Wind Data

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) produces regular weather forecasts as well as reanalysis of older data to generate consistent meteorological information.  These files represent 10-m zonal and meridional winds for 2000 and 2001.

Winds for other years (as well as documentation and other NCEP data) are available from the NOAA's Climate Diagnostics Center:

Since the annual wind files are big, here are smaller versions with just Northern Hemisphere winds between 0 and 60 N.  These files were created using the nco function ncks:

ncks -d lat,0.,60.