Vocabulary Lessons

"Weather Channel"

Introduction

People often need to check weather forecasts to prepare for the day or even a vacation because weather conditions can determine what we wear and what we do. Listen to the words below and consult a dictionary if you need a definition. Write a sample sentence for each word to learn how it is used in context, as seen in the example. You can use the Internet to find such sentences.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Weather Patterns: "It's -- "

  • breezy
  • clear
  • cloudy (partly cloudy)
  • damp
  • dry
  • foggy
  • humid
  • rainy
  • showery
  • snowy
  • stormy
  • sunny
  • windy
Temperatures: "It's -- "
  • freezing
  • cold
  • chilly
  • warm
  • hot
  • scorching
Verbs
  • It's raining.
  • It's snowing.
  • It's pouring. (very hard rain)
Other Weather Terms
  • chance of rain
  • cold front
  • fog
  • hail
  • hurricane
  • lightening
  • precipitation
  • raindrops
  • snow flurries
  • sunrise
  • sunset
  • sunshine
  • thunder
  • thunder showers
  • tornado
  • typhoon
  • warm front
  • weather forecast

Practice

It's been snowing all day, and it's ______ outside.

It's really terrible to drive in the morning ______ because I can't see more than 100 meters in front of me.

There is a forty percent _______, so you ought to take your umbrella to work today.

Follow-Up Activity

Imagine that you have time and money to travel to anywhere in the world for two weeks. Where would you go? What clothing would you need for the visit? Check the weather forecast for the months of June and December in that country. What are the high and low temperatures during those months? How much precipitation falls during those periods? Use the Internet to location this information.