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#WOTD: Blizzard

Blizzard

Hey, fellas! I can’t believe we’re in December already, that means… winter is coming in some parts of the world. Excited! Are you?

Well, our topic for tonight is… Blizzard! That will be our Word of The Day!

According to the dictionary, this is the definition of blizzard.

Definition of Blizzard

The US National Weather Service defines a blizzard as a storm which contains large amounts of snow OR blowing snow, with winds in excess of 35 mph and visibilities of less than 1/4 mile for an extended period of time (at least 3 hours).

 

 

 

Where did the term blizzard come from? In the 1870s, an Iowa newspaper used the word “blizzard” to describe a snow storm. Previously, the term blizzard referred to a cannon shot or a volley of musket fire. By the 1880s, the word blizzard was used by many across the United States and in England.

Now, let’s put the word in sentences:
1. The blizzard has not just affected the Midlands.
2. Two climbers are missing after yesterday’s blizzard.

Compiled by: @FaridArdian for @englishtips4u on Dec, 2 2015.

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