Monday, May 26, 2008

The History of the Beaufort Wind Scale

The crew at Royal National Lifeboat Institution asks us to imagine two farmers, one in Europe and the second in Kansas, observing a spinning anemometer and trying to determine if the rate of 37 rpm indicatedthat a "well-conditioned man-of-war" would be running with "Royals, &c" or reefed down to "Double reefed topsails, jib, &c."

This article, on the origins of the Beaufort wind scale Who put the speeds into Admiral Beaufort's force Table? involves a storm during the Siege of Sevastopol in 1854, two, what they call gadgets, the anemometer and the telegraph, the beginnings of a weather network and our old friend Admiral Beaufort.

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