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Hi, All - I'm starting a thread, which *may* (or may not) be interesting. This is something familiar - you pull into a parking lot, ready to paddle, and you look out on the water and assess the conditions, including the wind. There's some judgement of "this is easily manageable" or "this is dicey" or "OMG, I'm not going out in that". But, there's also communication about what you *think* the wind speed is to others- in knots, mph, or the Beaufort scale in Forces. I made (and am making) a set of videos from the same location at different wind speeds, and I want to see what people think the wind speed might be, and also their assessment of paddling in it. For reference, these are all taken looking south at Nantucket Sound, always with the wind coming from the south to the south shore of Cape Cod. The waves are fetch limited for the biggest winds, with Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard blocking ocean swells, so what you see is the product of wind over about 20-30 nm of water. So, here's the first: First wind video
Most of us tend to overestimate wind speed from shore or in boat. Not the best vantage point, and please forgive the smartphone size/quality, but this was a blustery day on an inland lake with fetch ~1.5M, current ~ 0 (slack HT). Anemometer (hamming it up) digital display=kts. Note the slight change in texture of the water with a gust, from smoothish to grainier, and Old Glory's behavior. Note also the start of foam "trails" IMG_1092.m4v gary