Friday, September 02, 2005

MODIFIED BEAUFORT SCALE:

Developed in 1805 by Sir Francis Beaufort

0- Calm: Silent; smoke rises vertically.
1- Light Air: Direction of wind shown by smoke drift.
2- Light Breeze: Wind felt on face; leaves rustle.
3- Gentle Breeze: Leaves and small twigs in constant motion; wind extends light flag.
4- Moderate Breeze: Raises dust and loose paper; small branches are moved.
5- Fresh Breeze: Small trees in leaf begin to sway;
6- Strong Breeze: Large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty.
7- Near Gale: Whole trees in motion; inconvenience felt when walking against the wind.
8- Gale: Breaks twigs off trees; generally impedes progress.
9- Severe Gale: Slight structural damage occurs, chimney-pots and slates removed.
10- Storm: Seldom experienced inland; trees uprooted; considerable structural damage occurs.
11- Violent Storm: Very rarely experienced; accompanied by wide-spread damage.
12- Hurricane: A giant sucking sound occurs, the end of the Bush presidency.

3 comments:

A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz said...

Not to be too inappropriate here--and correct me if I'm wrong--but didn't the 'giant sucking sound' occur at the beginning of the Bush presidency?

[cringe]

I apologize. I just can't help it.

Nicholas said...

With about a 30% appoval rating, Bush is screwed. Pity that he had to cut his vacation two days short while the world was coming apart for the huricane devistation.

Bully! said...

I sure do hope it takes a hurricane now that the monster has bitten off my very favorite city. I've learned the ancient art of pessimism under Bush though and can't hope too much.