Defining the Wind

Genre: History; Author: Scott Huler

Defining The Wind began with Scott Huler’s intense admiration, as a young copy editor, for the lean poetry of the verbal descriptions (”leaves and small twigs in constant motion”) accompanying a wind chart devised in 1806 and still in use by sailors and meteorologists. Some 20 years (and a brush with a hurricane) later, the NPR regular embarked on a globe-trotting odyssey to learn more about Sir Francis Beaufort and the famous scale that bears his name. His thoroughly researched account of a marvelous collision of forces (natural, political, and creative) is as invigorating as a cool ocean breeze.

Originally posted August 13 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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