In a short time, although the sea continued raging fiercely, the wind had dropped to a moderate gale.
Scaffolding in such a situation would not have survived a moderate gale.
The wind hardened during the dark hours, and was blowing a moderate gale from the south-west at sunrise.
The wind had risen to a moderate gale, and the air was filled with sounds.
The strong winds were westerly and fast increasing to a moderate gale.
In the afternoon the wind increased to the force of a moderate gale and the sea began to rise.
Her masts and spars, too, were much wounded, and it became a question how she would be able to weather even a moderate gale.
Even a moderate gale would tear a pack apart, to be broken into smaller fragments by the water.
A howling south-wester on the English coast would be looked upon here as a moderate gale.
A few hours later a moderate gale came up from the east, with continuous snow.