Contrary to popular belief, The Beaufort Scale is not a way to measure Mr Haney's hound dog, but is instead a scale of wind force devised by Francis Beaufort, of the British Royal Navy .
Beaufort's scale, devised at the start of the 19th Century, was not the first notable system of gale force measurement.
Daniel Defoe , Author of "Robinson Crusoe " and one of the world's first modern journalists, referred to a 12-point 'table of degrees' when writing on the especially shitty weather in Britain on 26-27 November 1703.Comprised of "bald terms used by our sailors" the 12 points included : Stark calm, Calm weather, Little wind, A fine breeze, A small gale, A fresh gale, A topsail gale, Blows fresh, A hard gale of wind, A fret of wind, A storm, and A tempest.
- From the UK's Metropolitain Office Of Weather and Climate Change
I'm suprised they don't have A Prime Minister for that.