Skip main navigation

New offer! Get 30% off one whole year of Unlimited learning. Subscribe for just £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

Wind events

Wind events are discussed.
Windsock
© Photo by Anamitra Dasgupta, Pexels
‘Wind event’ is a term used by meteorologists, and refers to strong winds, or even storms or hurricanes. In urban planning, it can also refer to phenomena such as ground winds and wind tunnels.

Ground wind is the direction and the speed of wind on land, and is the wind that is predicted in weather forecasts. However, the perception of wind might be different from the actual ground winds. For instance, in the built environment wind tunnels can occur, if the street pattern is aligned with the prevailing winds. Also the ratio between building heights and street widths has an impact on wind effects.

Topography and building heights also have effects on how the winds behave. For instance hills, or high-rise buildings, create obstacles for the winds, which causes turbulence. This in turn causes wind effects on the ground, meaning that a place can be perceived as windy even if it is not a very windy day.

This article is from the free online

Placemaking and Public Space Design: Unlocking Design Potential

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now