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Re: ambient wind vs true wind
Current has no practical measurable impact of wind.
If you are measuring wind on a not stable platform... such as a boat... your wind speed measurement will sum the vectors of
current speed and direction
boat speed and direction through the water
a stable platform reads the instantaneous wind speed which likely is not constant in speed and direction
When a weather service reports wind speed and direction... they will report an AVERAGE usually noting gusts.
I have not heard the term *ambient wind* used and other than meaning some sort of average... as true is an instantaneous measurement and not reliable because of variations over time... the reported wind term may be *ambient*.
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