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What is wind gust mean?
A wind gust is a sudden, seconds-long burst of high-speed wind that's followed by a lull. Whenever you see wind gusts in your forecast, it means the National Weather Service has observed or expects wind speeds to reach at least 18 mph, and the difference between the peak winds and the lulls to vary by 10 mph or more.
What wind gusts are dangerous?
A high wind warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or greater or gusts to 58 mph or greater are expected. High winds can cause downed trees and power lines, flying debris and building collapses, which may lead to power outages, transportation disruptions, damage to buildings and vehicles, and injury or death.
How is wind gust measured?
The instruments used to measure wind are known as anemometers and can record wind speed, direction and the strength of gusts. The normal unit of wind speed is the knot (nautical mile per hour = 0.51 m sec-1 = 1.15 mph).
What is 3 sec gust wind speed?
So the wind speed averaged over a period of three seconds is taken as the standard definition of the gust speed, and "a three-second gust wind speed of up to 52 m/sec (115 mph)" means that 52 m/sec or 115 mph is the highest average speed measured over a three-second interval.