GUST FACTOR VARIATIONS WITH HEIGHT AND ATMOSPHERIC STABILITY.
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ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N MEX
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Data collected from wind instrumentation installed on a 152.4 meter meteorological tower located on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, are analyzed to determine gustiness characteristics during both unstable and very stable regimes. The following results are indicated an increase in gust factors occurs as the air mass instability becomes greater and as the mean wind speed time averaging period is enlarged however, a decrease in gust factors is associated with increases in height and wind speed and as the peak wind speed averaging interval is extended. Also, estimates of gust factors to a height of 152.4 meters are obtained for different averaging times and stability conditions by introducing a known gust factor value at 15.3 meters and a computed constant into a simple power-law expression. Author