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    Re: Silicon Sea: Beaufort Wind Scale
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2002 Oct 15, 18:00 -0400

    Alright, now I will show my true ignorance:
    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
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Wm Pettyplace 
    Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 3:33 PM
    Subject: Re: Silicon Sea: Beaufort Wind Scale
    > The National Weather Service has been forecasting wind speed in MPH for
    > quite a while now for all public forecasts, but knots are still used in
    > marine and aviation forecasts, except visibility is in statute miles for
    > aviation.  A good percentage of the public didn't know what a knot was, or
    > how to relate to it in MPH.
    > Bill Pettyplace
    > At 09:57 AM 10/15/02 -0700, you wrote:
    > >On Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at 09:32 AM, Dan Hogan wrote:
    > >
    > >>Beaufort Scale of Wind Force
    > >
    > >Thanks; that's handy to have around.  What is sad is most versions of
    > >this
    > >that I see published in today's reference works do not even give the
    > >wind
    > >speed in knots!  They use MPH instead.
    > >
    > >Dan
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