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  • Happy Spring! or Fall! English Weather Vocabulary

    Well, today is the first day of spring for me and all of us who live in the Southern hemisphere, it is fall to all the Northern hemisphere folks (slang for people). As I was taking my daily subway ride to the school where I teach I noticed that everyone had flowers, except me (boo!). I asked at the school, and I was told that in Argentina the first day of spring is marked or celebrated my giving flowers and having a picnic. What a nice tradition! So I thought that I would take this occasion to talk about the weather.

    The table below will explain the basic English Weather Vocabulary.

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    • Note that we always use THE when we talk about the sun.
    • We treat the active weather like rain and snow differently than the inactive weather.

    English Weather Vocabulary Below is a poem about spring. All of the words related to weather have been underlined. Not all are explained in the table, but can you understand what they are from context? Are they adjectives or verbs of weather?

    I thought I had forgotten,

    But it all came back again

    To-night with the first spring thunder

    In a rush of rain.

    I remembered a darkened doorway

    Where we stood while the storm swept by,

    Thunder gripping the earth

    And lightning scrawled on the sky.

    The passing motor busses swayed,

    For the street was a river of rain,

    Lashed into little golden waves

    In the lamp light’s stain.

    With the wild spring rain and thunder

    My heart was wild and gay;

    Your eyes said more to me that night

    Than your lips would ever say. . . .

    I thought I had forgotten,

    But it all came back again

    To-night with the first spring thunder

    In a rush of rain.

    What is your favorite season? Does your country have any special traditions to mark or celebrate the first day of every season?

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