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Wind Gusts

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Definition: Wind gust is the maximum wind speed measured during a specified time period. The American Meteorological Society defines a wind gust as a sudden brief increase in the speed of the wind. More specifically, the National Digital Forecast Database defines a wind gust as the maximum 3-second wind speed (in knots) forecast to occur within a 2-minute interval at a height of 10 meters (~32.8 feet).

One of the highest non-tornadic wind gusts ever recorded occurred in 1934 at the top of Mount Washington.

Also Known As: gusts of wind

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