This is an extremely strong wind, usually ranging from 45-70 mph (1D6X5 + 40), which is almost always accompanied by precipitation. When rain or snow does occur along with gale-force winds, the result can be almost as perilous as a hurricane. For a period of 2-7 hours (1D6+1), gale-force winds will never drop below 30 mph and will almost always be 50 mph or greater. If the wind velocity was 20 mph or greater on the previous day, then the gale-force winds on the present day will be from 50-70 mph. If a gale occurs in a desert area, no precipitation will fall on the same day; instead, the wind will bring about a severe sandstorm. Also, in arctic or subarctic environment when snow is on the ground, gale-force winds will whip the snow up and around, causing conditions similar to those of a severe sandstorm (see Sandstorm, Dust Storm or Blowing Snow for more information).