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    Re: Silicon Sea: Beaufort Wind Scale
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2002 Oct 15, 20:32 -0700

    On Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at 03:00 PM, Robert Eno wrote:
    
    > What is the practical value of the beaufort scale of wind force?  Why
    > is it
    > not sufficient to simply reckon the wind speed in knots and leave it at
    > that?
    
    The clever idea behind the Beaufort scale is to have a memorable set of
    conditions that usually correspond to a certain wind speed in knots.  We
    do not all have wind speed indicators around, but we can all look at
    conditions
    and make a quick informed judgment of conditions if we can use the
    indicators
    that Beaufort came up with.
    
    We can then report upon conditions with some decent degree of accuracy,
    without
    measuring instruments, and without distorting the truth.  (We all tend
    to
    exaggerate the size of waves and wind speeds when we are out in a gale
    or better.)
    
    Dan
    
    
    

       
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