It is easy to observe that on a windy day, the wind does not blow for several hours at constant speed, then gradually subside. Instead, on a time scale of seconds or tens of seconds, there are stronger gusts of wind followed by lulls.
Presumably this is an effect of turbulence. If so, is this turbulence due to the complicated geometry around me - buildings, trees, hills, etc.? If we removed these features and had wind blowing over a flat ocean surface or a flat plain for hundreds of miles, would we still observe the wind to blow in the same sorts of gusts, or should I expect a more steady flow?