Weather Forecasting ... On-Line

Speed Descriptors

Operational forecasters are known for their humorous look at things and the following table lists a descrption for a variety of speeds. These decriptors were from my U.S. Navy days (circa 1970).

Speed (kt) Descriptor
0 Loiter
5 Snail's Pace
10 Slow Walk
15 Half-Fast
20 Bat Out of Purgatory
approx 27.541 Bat Out of Hell
30 Fast
35 PDQ
40 Scalded Dog
45 Blue Streak
50 Like Mad
55 Ungreased Lightning
60 Like Sixty
65 Greased Lightning
69 Lickety Split

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last updated on 12/14/10