Beaufort Scale Day

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Beaufort Scale Day
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Beaufort Scale Day

May 7th marks Beaufort Scale Day, commemorating the Beaufort wind force scale established in 1805 by British naval officer Sir Francis Beaufort. Ranging from 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), this scale measures wind force. Widely utilized, the Beaufort scale finds application in countries such as Germany, Greece, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malta, and Macau. Its international recognition was solidified in 1874 when the International Meteorological Committee adopted it for global use in weather telegraphy. The Beaufort scale provides insights into likely observations on land or at sea, encompassing probable and maximum wave heights for the open sea. The sea state figure serves as a concise descriptor of sea surface conditions.