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Winds can be described by their magnitude and direction. Magnitude (the speed of the wind) can be represented by the actual wind speed value (typically in knots, mph, or meters per second) or by a scale such as the Beaufort Scale which categorizes wind speeds into one of 13 categories from 0 to 12, with each level spanning between 3 and 6 knots of wind speed (for example Beaufort Force 4 typically represents wind speeds from 11 to 16 knots). The Beaufort Scale also provides a one or two word description for each level. Winds of Beaufort Force 4 are described as "moderate" or "moderate breeze". Direction is typically given in either degrees (0 - 360) or cardinal coordinates (N, NE, SW, etc) where the value describes the direction from which the wind is blowing. For example a wind that is blowing towards the north-east would be described as a south-westerly wind, or as blowing from 225 degrees.

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