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Definition of Beaufort wind scale

Beaufort wind scale: A widely used wind force scale which is a simple numerical relationship to wind speed based on an observation of the effects of the wind. The Beaufort wind scale is of importance in preparations for a tropical storm or hurricane.

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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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