scale of wind strengths from 0 to 12. Named after the English Admiral, Francis Beaufort, who invented it. 0 = no wind whereas 12 = hurricane.
A unit indicating wind intensity, based on a scale named after Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. A low Beaufort number indicates little or no wind, and a high number means higher wind. Beaufort numbers are NOT directly tied to given speeds. Boomerangs can be thrown in the 0-5 Beaufort range, but it's not much fun beyond about 3 or 4 (very approximately 15 km/hr). Beaufort number 12 (a hurricane) means trees are uprooted, and your limp, lifeless body flies farther than your boomerang (which does not return to you).
Beaufort is a hard, somewhat sharp cheese made from cow's milk and is similar to gruyÃ¨re. It is produced in the area around Beaufort located high in the French Alps in the Savoie region of France. It is this high altitude that imparts Beaufort with a unique flavor.