#EngVocab: Weather vocabulary (2)

It is always nice to talk about weather. In this post, we’ll take a look at some words that are used in relation to weather. There are plenty of words to describe weather. Here, we divide weather words into four categories.

Here are some words related to rain; puddle, shower,downpour, flood, cloud-burst.

Puddle (n): a small pool of liquid on the ground, especially from rain
E.g. Be careful of the puddle! The street is splotched with puddles.
Shower (n): a short period of rain or snow
E.g. You’re soaked! Did you get caught in the shower?
Downpour: a lot of rain in a short time
E.g. We got caught in a downpour without an umbrella.
Flood (n): a large amount of water covering an area that is usually dry
E.g. After heavy rain, floods hit parts of Jakarta.
Cloud-burst (n): a sudden heavy fall of rain
E.g. It started raining, then a cloud-burst.

Next is cloud. Some words related to cloud are foggy, overcast, clear, gloomy, misty.

Foggy (adj): with fog
E.g. I hate driving when it’s foggy.
Overcast (adj): cloudy and therefore not bright and sunny
E.g. The sky was overcast yesterday.
Clear (adj): not cloudy, foggy or with any marks
E.g. You can see thousands of stars in the clear sky.
Gloomy (adj): not sunny
E.g. I have my own reasons why gloomy weather is the best.
Misty (adj): full of mist
I spent a day in misty Wonosobo.

Blizzard, hailstone, flurry, frost, and chilly describe cold weather.

Blizzard (n): a severe snow storm with strong winds
E.g. My flight is canceled due to blizzard.
Hailstone (n): a small hard ball of ice which falls from the sky like rain
E.g. Huge hailstones cause chaos in Brisbane.
Flurry (n): a sudden light fall of snow, blown in different directions by the wind
E.g. There may be odd flurry of snow over the hills.
Frost (n): powdery layer of ice which forms in these conditions, especially outside at night
E.g. My house is covered with frost from last night.
Chilly (adj): cold (of weather, conditions in a room, or parts of the body)
E.g. I put on a jacket because it’s chilly outside.

Finally, the words related to wind are windy, blustery, breeze, gust, rainstorm, and sleet.

Windy (adj): with a lot of wind
E.g. In the spring, the weather gets quite windy.
Blustery (adj): very windy
E.g. It was a blustery day when I visited London.
Breeze (n): a light and pleasant wind
E.g. The warm summer breeze is enjoyable.
Gust (n): a sudden strong wind
A gust of wind blew, whipping my hair into tangled strands.
Rainstorm (n): a weather condition with strong wind and heavy rain
E.g. Many people panicked when the rainstorm broke.
Sleet (n): wet, partly melted falling snow
E.g. The Met Office warns of more snow and sleet.

Those are the words we can use to describe the weather. I hope you find this session useful. If you find it useful, please let us know by leaving some comments below. We might provide more.


Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, February 3, 2017

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