Prepared by John Millen
'Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky, stormy weather, since my girl and I ain't together, keeps raining all the time ...' - Judy Garland's Stormy Weather
Sammy the storm
Read this account of a tropical storm in the Atlantic and fill in the gaps with the correct verb from the list. There are more verbs than you will need.
Lost / blowing / transported / reached / knows / eaten / used / knocked / poured / flowed
Tropical storm Sammy has now been __________ over the Atlantic for four days, hitting the islands of the Caribbean with heavy rains, flooding and mudslides. Already, at least 115 people have __________ their lives. Yesterday Sammy's winds __________ 75 miles an hour. Sammy is the deadliest storm to hit the West Atlantic region this year. Rescuers have __________ boats and helicopters to get help to dozens of island villages stranded by floods and landslides.
Sammy has __________ rain and destruction on island communities without any signs of stopping since last Saturday. Muddy waters have __________ over a dam and washed into homes and over roads. The flooding has __________ out electricity supplies and phone services, isolating many small communities. All airports in the region are closed and no one __________ when they will re-open. The US National Storm Centre has forecast that the worse is yet to come.
Is it stormy outside?
Underline the correct word in these sentences.
1. What's the weather like? Is it (storm/stormy) outside?
2. There's so much snow today that we can't get out of the house. It's a (gale/whiteout).
3. All that trouble at the office last week was a storm in a (gale/teacup). Nothing to worry about at all.
4. Electric storms like we had yesterday really frighten me. I hate (snow/lightning).
5. I know there will be trouble when dad gets back next week and finds out I've crashed the car. Nobody is discussing it at home. This is the (hurricane/calm) before the storm.
6. When we were out sailing last week, there was a (whiteout/gale) but we got back to the marina okay.
7. It started snowing when we'd been driving about half an hour and it was quite a (hurricane/blizzard) when we got home.
8. You must (weather/forget) the storm and take no notice of the trouble she is causing.
What sort of weather conditions are these?
1. a tempest
a) a very violent storm usually at sea
b) a sudden storm that only lasts a few minutes
2. a gale
a) a very strong wind
b) a storm involving lots of snow
3. a tornado
a) a storm with lots of thunder
b) a violent storm involving a whirlwind
4. a blizzard
a) a storm that doesn't cause any damage
b) a severe snowstorm
5. a twister
a) another name for a tornado
b) another name for a blizzard
6. a hurricane
a) a storm that involves very violent winds
b) a storm that only blows over the sea
7. an electric storm
a) a storm with lots of lightning
b) a storm only over land
8. a whiteout
a) a very violent snowstorm
b) a storm with lots of rain
Look carefully at these bits of dialogue and then decide what the highlighted phrases mean.
1. This is the calm before the storm. He will be so angry when he finds out what you've done.
2. My advice is to ride out the storm. He can't continue behaving like that forever. Just wait and see what happens next.
3. I told you it was only a storm in a teacup. You had no need to worry at all.
4. We will have to weather the storm and hope they forget what you've said very quickly.
5. Storm clouds are gathering. There will be trouble before long.
1. the calm before the storm
a) the busy period in an office before a holiday
b) the quiet period before something dramatic happens
2. to ride out the storm
a) to remain calm until the difficult time you are experiencing is over
b) to drive a car during bad weather conditions
3. a storm in a teacup
a) a small hurricane that does no damage
b) a lot of unnecessary anger and worry over something that is not important
4. to weather the storm
a) to be outside when the weather is very bad
b) to successfully deal with a difficult situation
5. storm clouds are gathering
a) it has just begun to rain
b) trouble is about to happen
Sammy the Storm: blowing, lost, reached, used, poured, flowed, knocked, knows
Stormy Words: 1. a, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a, 6. a, 7. a, 8. a
Storm Phrases: 1. b, 2. a, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b
Is it stormy outside: 1. stormy, 2. whiteout, 3. teacup, 4. lightning, 5. calm, 6. gale, 7. blizzard, 8. weather