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# How can I find my local wind patterns?

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Local wind patterns may be obtained from the local TV weather forecast. Because wind patterns change frequently, these weather broadcasts are often daily. Some examples of local winds include sea and land breezes.

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There are five basic classes of winds that are categorized based on speed. Calm air is a very light wind with a speed of around 0.5 mph. Gentle breezes have speeds of 7 to 12 mph. Moderate winds have speeds of 17 to 24 mph. Strong winds have speeds of up to 39 to 46 mph. Finally, gale winds have speeds of 47 mph or more. Gale winds can progress to tornadoes and hurricanes.

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The formula for calculating wind chill temperature is only applicable under certain conditions, such as an atmospheric temperature less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit and a wind velocitygreater than 3 mph. Wind chill is computed using the formula WC= 35.74 + 0.621 - 35.75(V0.16) + 0.4275T(V0.16), where "V" denotes wind speed, "T" indicates air temperature and "WC" represents wind chill in degrees Fahrenheit.

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Meteorologists make use of wind maps to make predictions about the weather and to assess the severity of given weather patterns as they move over land or water. These maps chart trends and developments through satellite technology.

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Local lake conditions can be checked by asking a local bait shop or resort and by using a tape measure plus a cordless drill, ice auger or ice chisel to create a hole. People should stay off new ice that is 2 inches or less and snow ice that is 4 inches or less, states the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.