What Does the Beaufort Scale Measure?


The Beaufort Scale is a visual description of sea conditions to determine wind speed. The actual name is Beaufort Wind Force Scale. When seas are flat and described as calm, the Beaufort number is 0.
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The Beaufort Scale describes and measures wind speed, originally based on sea conditions. On land it is based on the physical effects wind has on vegetation and buildings.
The Beaufort Scale was developed by Sir Francis Beaufort in 1806.
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