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wind scale

(wɪnd)
n
(Physical Geography) a numerical scale of wind force, such as the Beaufort scale
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Noun1.wind scale - an international scale of wind force from 0 (calm air) to 12 (hurricane)
calm air, calm - wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
light air - wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
light breeze - wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
gentle breeze - wind moving 8-12 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
moderate breeze - wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
fresh breeze - wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
strong breeze - wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
moderate gale, near gale - wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
fresh gale - wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
strong gale - wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
whole gale - wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
storm, violent storm - a violent weather condition with winds 64-72 knots (11 on the Beaufort scale) and precipitation and thunder and lightning
hurricane - a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving a 73-136 knots (12 on the Beaufort scale)
graduated table, ordered series, scale, scale of measurement - an ordered reference standard; "judging on a scale of 1 to 10"
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The Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale currently runs in severity from one to five, with five describing near-total destruction.
The wind scale Francis Beaufort adapted for Royal Navy-wide use in 1831 was based on observing sailors, not wind.
In the latest advisory, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has downgraded Hurricane Irma to a Category two on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, with maximum sustained winds near 110mph with higher gusts.
With maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, Irma is a Category 5 the most serious type of major hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
20 in Vitu Levi, eastern Fiji as a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Winston was following a path that might spare Suva the full force of its winds, rated as category 5, the highest ranking on the hurricane wind scale.
In other words, the wind scale should live up to one certain range; then sail can be in effect accordingly.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has five levels, with category 5 being the strongest with winds at 252 kilometres per hour or stronger.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale rates hurricanes based on their peak sustained wind speed.
On the Beaufort wind scale which is the lowest number classed as a gale?
Storm surges can be a more accurate gauge of a hurricane's severity than wind speed, like those on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale, Grinsted said by phone from Denmark.
While a surge height estimate was added to the original Saffir-Simpson wind scale, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) took steps 2 years ago to make it clear that the Saffir-Simpson storm classification in its warnings is only based on maximum wind speeds.