How to Make a Wind Force Scale

The wind force scale, which is also sometimes known as the Beaufort scale, was invented by Sir Francis Beaufort for the British Navy as a system of reference for different speeds of wind. It was invented to fill a need, which was the quantifying of wind force, and it is still widely used today for that same purpose. Wind force is measured based on observations, and there is no physical instrument involved. It can be useful, however, to make a wind force scale reference chart so that you can accurately categorize wind force when you see it.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pen


    • 1

      Create a table on a piece of paper. The table should consist of eight vertical lines, creating six vertical columns. The first five vertical columns need to be wide enough for two words, at a maximum, while the last column should take up the rest of the page.

    • 2

      Create 15 horizontal lines, so that you have 13 rows.

    • 3

      Label the first column “Wind Force,” followed by “Speed Range,” “Wind Description,” “Sea State,” “Wave Height” and “Land Description.”

    • 4

      Go to the National Weather Service’s Web page on the Beaufort Wind Force Scale, a link to which can be found in the References section, and fill in the relevant information.

    • 5

      Create columns for the other information listed on the National Weather Service’s Web page if you feel it is pertinent. People who will be spending a lot of time at sea, for instance, may find the information under “Sea Description” useful to have on their reference chart.

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