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Weather Terminology (for Intermediate Students)

I have always been fascinated by the weather and its changing. This fascination almost surely owes to my parents' encouragement. My mother and father always described the weather for us in great detail and it was believed that the changes of the weather affected the human spirit. Whatever the case, I hope this vocabulary section is useful to you as you study English. - David When we describe the weather, Spanish uses "hace" and "hay" whereas in English uses "to be" For example: It is sunny = Hace sol (literally it makes sun) It is hot = Hace calor It is very windy - Hace / Hay mucho viento Asking about the weather: whats the weather like? = "qu tiempo hace?" or "cmo est el tiempo?" Other set expressions tomorrow will be dry = maana har tiempo seco theres been a change in the weather = ha cambiado el tiempo lets hope the weather holds out = esperemos que no nos falle el tiempo the weather spoiled our plans = el tiempo nos estrope los planes it looks like it's going to rain = parece que va a llover the bad weather is still with us = seguimos con mal tiempo the garden could do with a spot of rain = al jardn le vendra bien que lloviera un poco you get better weather on the south coast = en el sur hace mejor tiempo; weather permitting = si hace buen tiempo were hoping for good weather while were on holiday = esperamos tener buen tiempo durante las vacaciones I dont like the look of the weather =

no me gusta cmo se est poniendo el tiempo Meteorological Expressions (Taken from Weather Broadcasts) a clap of thunder, a thunderclap = un trueno a clear sky/day = un cielo/da despejado a cloudburst = un chaparrn a cold front = un frente fro a downpour = un chaparrn a flash of lightning = un relmpago a flood = una inundacin a force nine gale = vientos de fuerza nueve a frosty night = una noche de helada a gale = un viento fuerte, una vendaval a gust of wind = una racha a hailstorm = una granizada a light covering of snow = una fina capa de nieve a shower = un chaparrn, un chubasco a snowball = una bola de nieve a storm = una tormenta, un temporal a stormy day = un da tormentoso a streak of lightning = un rayo a sunny day = un da soleado a sunny spell = un claro a thaw = un deshielo a thundercloud = un nubarrn to become muggy = abochornarse climate = el clima to rain cats and dogs = llover a cntaros cloud = una nube cloudburst = un chaparrn, un aguacero damp = hmedo degree = grado depression = una depresin atmosfrica, una borrasca dew = el roco flashes of lightning = un relampagueo frost (white frozen dew) = escarcha It's chilly today = hace fresquito hoy fog = la niebla to ride out the storm = capear el temporal a weather vane = una veleta

blustery = borrascoso a heat wave = una ola de calor forked lightning = una culebrina gale-force winds = los vientos (con intensidad) de tormenta hailstones = los granizos, las piedras de granizo haziness = la nebulosidad, lo neblinoso he was struck by lightning = le cay un rayo hot = clido humid = hmedo humidity = la humedad its cloudy = hace nubes or est nublado its drizzling = est lloviznando its foggy = hay niebla its frosty = est helado its hot = hace calor its misty = hay neblina its muggy / clammy / close (Brit)= est abochornado its raining = est lloviendo its sleeting = cae aguanieve its snowing = est nevado its sunny = hace sol its windy = hace viento, est ventoso a breeze / a sea breeze = una brisa / una brisa marina drizzle / to drizzle = llovizna / lloviznar low/high-pressure = de bajas/altas presiones mist = la neblina the coastal area (used in weather forecasts) = el litoral night dew = el sereno rain = la lluvia scattered showers = chubascos aislados (dispersos) sea mist = la bruma sleet = aguanieve f. sleet showers = chubascos de aguanieve snow = la nieve snow showers = chubascos de nieve sun = el sol sunstroke = insolacin the outlook for tomorrow = la previsin del tiempo para maana the temperature = la temperatura the weather = el tiempo

thunder = los truenos to clear up = despejar to flood = inundar to frost = helar to hail = granizar to rain = llover to snow = nevar to thaw = deshelar turbulence = la turbulencia unsettled weather = un tiempo revuelto wind = el viento hurricane = un huracn