What is Wind Gust?

A wind gust is a brief increase in wind speed, usually lasting less than 20 seconds (at 10m). Gusts are much stronger than the average wind speed and can cause sudden impacts, such as knocking down branches or making it difficult to walk against the wind. They are important to monitor, especially during severe weather conditions, as they can indicate the higher-end wind potential during a weather event.

You should note most weather models, including those used at Tomorrow.io, do not adequately capture thunderstorm wind gust placement or potential.

What is the Impact of Wind Gust?

Wind gusts can have significant effects on safety, causing damage to structures, trees, and power lines. They are particularly concerning during severe weather events, where gusts can enhance the destructive power of storms. Monitoring gusts is crucial for issuing warnings and protecting property and lives.