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Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind, Th'art Not so Unkind as Chap V: Part 2 Introduction to a Discussion on the Effect of Wind on Structures

The basic wind speed used for determining windloads for structural design is derived from continuous wind records from meteorological stations, adjusted as necessary to a common basis. Values represent the 3 second gust speed at 10 m (30 ft) above ground in an open situation. There are therefore a variety of factors influencing the starting point, namely, the 'adjustment as necessary', the actual height above and the nature of the ground and openness of the situation. Wind tunnel measurements are no more pertinent since each tunnel exhibits its peculiar characteristics. R.G. Taylor