Accession Number : AD0711855

Title :   GUST FACTOR VARIATIONS WITH HEIGHT AND ATMOSPHERIC STABILITY.

Descriptive Note : Research and development technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES LAB WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Monahan,H. H. ; Armendariz,M.

Report Date : AUG 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : 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)

Descriptors :   (*WIND, GUSTS), (*GUIDED MISSILE RANGES, AIR MASS ANALYSIS), METEOROLOGICAL INSTRUMENTS, TOWERS, VELOCITY, MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS, DATA PROCESSING, NEW MEXICO, TABLES(DATA)

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE