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Why does wind blow in gusts and not at a steady rate?

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Wind is simply the flow of air from areas of high pressure to those of lower pressure, and obeys the same laws of physics as fluids.

Asked by: Harry McClure, Barnstaple

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Wind is simply the flow of air from areas of high pressure to those of lower pressure, and obeys the same laws of physics as fluids. Wind is no more likely to flow steadily and smoothly over the Earth than water, and we experience the resulting changes in flow as gusts.


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Robert is a science writer and visiting professor of science at Aston University.

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