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THE BEAUFORT WIND SCALE
Drawing of a Beach House with Calm Winds and another with Gale Force Winds
WIND FORCE KNOTS CLASS MPH KPH ON LAND AT SEA KITE FLYING
0 Calm Calm 0-1 0-1 Smoke rises vertically Sea surface smooth and mirror-like Wait for wind
1 Calm Light Air 1-3 1-5 Smoke drifts slowly Scaly ripples, no foam crests 7 meter kites might fly, novices with small sized kites have to wait
2 5 Slight Breeze 4-7 6-11 Wind felt on face, leaves rustle, flags stir Small wavelets, crests glassy, no breaking 5 meter kites and larger can fly, beginners should be wary of gusts
3 10 Gentle Breeze 8-12 12-19 Leaves and twigs in constant motion, wind extends light flags Large wavelets, crest begin to break, scattered whitecaps Novices with kites up to 3-4m, bigger kites are starting to pull
4 15 Moderate Breeze 13-18 20-29 Dust and small branches move, flags flap Small waves 1-4' becoming longer, numerous whitecaps Mid sized 3-4m kites will pull hard, beginners with 1.5m kites
5 20 Fresh Breeze 19-24 30-39 Small trees with leaves begin to sway, flags ripple Moderate waves, 4-8' taking longer from, many whitecaps, some spray Experts only with mid sized kites
6 25 Strong Breeze 25-31 40-49 Large branches move, flags beat Larger waves, 8-13', whitecaps common, more spray Experts only with small sized kites
7 30 Moderate Gale 32-38 50-61 Whole trees move, flags extended Sea heaps up 13-20', white foam streaks off breakers Veterans only with small sized kites
8 35 Fresh Gale 39-46 62-74 Twigs break off trees, walking is hindered Moderately high 13-20' waves of greater length, edges of crests begin to break into spindrift, foam blown in streaks Too dangerous to fly
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