Synonyms of 'weather: Weather phenomena'
acid rainrain that contains a high concentration of pollutants, chiefly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil ball lightninga luminous electrically charged ball occasionally seen during electrical storms breezea gentle or light wind clouda mass of water or ice particles visible in the sky, usually white or grey, from which rain or snow falls when the particles coagulate cold snapa sudden short spell of cold weather cyclonea violent tropical storm; hurricane drizzlevery light rain, specifically consisting of droplets less than 0.5 mm in diameter dust devila strong miniature whirlwind that whips up dust, litter, leaves, etc into the air dust storma windstorm that sweeps up clouds of dust when passing over an arid region foga mass of droplets of condensed water vapour suspended in the air, often greatly reducing visibility, corresponding to a cloud but at a lower level freezegalea strong wind, specifically one of force seven to ten on the Beaufort scale or from 45 to 90 kilometres per hour gusta sudden blast of wind haar (Scottish)a cold sea mist or fog off the North Sea hailsmall pellets of ice falling from cumulonimbus clouds when there are very strong rising air currents heatwavea continuous spell of abnormally hot weather hurricanea severe, often destructive storm, esp a tropical cyclone icelightninga flash of light in the sky, occurring during a thunderstorm and caused by a discharge of electricity, either between clouds or between a cloud and the earth mista thin fog resulting from condensation in the air near the earth's surface peasouper mainly British)dense dirty yellowish fog precipitationrain, snow, sleet, dew, etc, formed by condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere pressurerainprecipitation from clouds in the form of drops of water, formed by the condensation of water vapour in the atmosphere sandstorma strong wind that whips up clouds of sand, esp in a desert sheet lightninglightning that appears as a broad sheet, caused by the reflection of more distant lightning showera brief period of rain, hail, sleet, or snow sleetpartly melted falling snow or hail or (esp US) partly frozen rain smirr (Scottish)snowprecipitation from clouds in the form of flakes of ice crystals formed in the upper atmosphere squalla sudden strong wind or brief turbulent storm storma violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc sunshinetempest (literary)a violent wind or storm thawa spell of relatively warm weather, causing snow or ice to melt thundera loud cracking or deep rumbling noise caused by the rapid expansion of atmospheric gases which are suddenly heated by lightning tidal wavean unusually large incoming wave, often caused by high winds and spring tides tornadoa violent storm with winds whirling around a small area of extremely low pressure, usually characterized by a dark funnel-shaped cloud causing damage along its path tsunamia large, often destructive, sea wave produced by a submarine earthquake, subsidence, or volcanic eruption. Sometimes incorrectly called a tidal wave typhoona violent tropical storm or cyclone, esp in the China seas and W Pacific waterspouta tornado occurring over water that forms a column of water and mist extending between the surface and the clouds above whirlwinda column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface winda current of air, sometimes of considerable force, moving generally horizontally from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure willy-willy (Australian)a tropical cyclone zephyra soft or gentle breeze ▷ See weather
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