All Kinds of Weather

We have a saying in North Carolina: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait.”

This means that the weather changes often here. Maybe on Monday the sun is shining and it is warm, but on Wednesday it snows!

Let’s look at some weather vocabulary. Notice their part of speech. Adjectives (adj.) don’t change form. Verbs (v.) can change for past, present, future, or other tenses. Nouns (n.) don’t change. You almost always use the form: It + be + verb/adjective to describe the weather.

Click on each title for a picture description:

1. Sunny (adj.) Sun (n.)

It is sunny. The sun is shining.

2. Rainy (adj.) Rain (v.)

It is rainy. It is raining. It rains a lot in February.

3. Snowy (adj.) Snow (v.)

It is snowy today. It is snowing right now. It doesn’t snow often in Raleigh.

4. Icy (adj.) Ice (v.)

It is icy outside. When it ices, sometimes we lose power.

5. Foggy (adj.) Fog (n., uncountable)

It is very foggy tonight. There is a lot of fog. (There is a lot of fogs. X)

6. Cloudy (adj.) Cloud (n., countable)

It is cloudy today. There are many clouds in the sky.

7. Windy (adj.) Wind (n., countable, but not to describe weather):

It is windy today. There is a lot of wind.

Do you read the weather reports? The weather report (or forecast) is a prediction of the weather. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong! Let’s look at the report for next week, Monday, February 16, 2015, from weather.com:

Weather forecast (screenshot by WT instructor Jaimie Newsome)

Weather forecast (screenshot by WT instructor Jaimie Newsome)

Answer these questions:

1. How is the weather on Monday morning?

a) snowy

b) sunny

c) cloudy

d) foggy

2. What is the chance of snow on Monday during the day?

a) 50%

b) 60%

c) 80%

d) 90%

3. How many inches (1 inch = 2.5 cm) of snow do they expect for Monday night?

a) 1-2 inches

b) 2-3 inches

c) 3-5 inches

d) 7-8 inches

4. Will it snow on Sunday?

a) yes

b) no

c) maybe

d) I don’t know

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