We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For us landlocked landlubbers, I think I'm pretty much justified in declaring a STORM when I look out the door and see wind breaking branches off trees and kicking up spray off the 6 inches of water running down the street. Twenty-some inches of rain a year, and most of it in 2 or 3 good STORMS.
I've experienced a Beaufort sea scale 10 while onboard the USS Los Angeles (SSN688) in the Bering Sea. At a depth of 150 feet, we experienced 10 - 15 degree rolls. Attempts to come to periscope depth for a NavSat were unsuccessful.
Wow, that must have been really something! I wonder what the corresponding Significant wave height was, on surface, and if the period matched your roll.
I was running a barge rig in the Med once and we had a gale blowing against the entry door to the quarters, a fire-proof steel door. It was blowing so hard, 3 roughnecks pushing on it, couldn't budge it open against the wind. About 750 lb of solid, rank muscle: Nope. Good thing we were sitting on bottom.