Half Gale and Getting Caught Out in A Fresh Breeze
The link below is from the UK Meterological Office who have produced a fact sheet on the history of the Beaufort Scale. The term half gale doesn't appear in the history. However, Force 7 is a "near gale", was once called a "moderate gale". There are lots of other gale terms as well: -
Originally Posted by grendy
The term half gale doesn't appear in this history but I would assume it was a Force 7. There appears to be a lot of descriptions around this wind speed which is getting towards brown pants territory. Why settle for a wipe out in a Strong Breeze, when a Half Gale sounds like a better excuse. Based on nothing more than avoiding embarrassing explanations at the club bar, I think Woodlouse probably is right, the F6 (which I believe is the Yachtsmans's gale) is the half gale of legend.
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