whole gale


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whole gale

n.
See storm.

whole gale

n
(Physical Geography) a wind of force ten on the Beaufort scale
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Noun1.whole gale - wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
gale - a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale
Beaufort scale, wind scale - an international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane)
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At 5:30, the temperature was down to 73F (23C) with sustained winds of 89 kph (55 mph), which is called a whole gale by weathermen.
It's a whole gale when the wind pulls entire trees out of the ground.
The Beaufort scale moves through 17 classes from calm with a speed of 1mph or less, through light airs and breezes to a high wind (32-38mph), a gale (39-46), a strong gale (47-54), a whole gale (55-63), a storm (64-72) and six classes of hurricane-force winds blowing at from 73 to 136mph.