strong gale


: wind having a speed of 47 to 54 miles (75 to 87 kilometers) per hour see Beaufort Scale Table

Examples of strong gale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Basecamp Bakery owner Chase Agee packed up his bread and went home early last Tuesday as rain and strong gales pelted the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Mario Cortez, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2023 Winds tore through Los Angeles County early Monday, and strong gale-like conditions could continue through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 Once the supertall’s team of designers settles in, the room starts rocking and rolling to mimic what tenants will feel on a windy day, during a strong gale, or during a once-a-century hurricane. Bianca Bosker, The Atlantic, 17 Dec. 2022 The sunken cabin belongs to the schooner-barge Frank W. Wheeler, which sank on September 29, 1885, after being downed by a strong gale. Nora McGreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021 The extratropical low is impacting the U.S. East Coast with strong gale-force winds. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 28 Oct. 2021 Within an hour a strong gale picked up, and Captain Lawrence called hands to try to bring the ship about and away from shore, but the wind and rising tide were too much., 13 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strong gale was circa 1867

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“Strong gale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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