Hi, I'm Dave Thurlow from the Mount Washington Observatory and this is The Weather Notebook. Recently, Weather Notebook commentator Ann Thurlow from Prince Edward Island, Canada, described some local weather words and phrases. Words like "peevish" meaning stormy and "large" for fine day. Well this inspired some of you to call in with some weather colloquialisms of your own. Here's Rodney Wayley from Franklin, TN, a listener of WPLN in Nashville.
"I came out of eastern NC, where I grew up and one of the things they would say there when it's been raining or cloudy and you start seeing the clouds move away and you see the sky and the sun coming out, is they'll say it's 'fairing off.' If you look to the left, you can see it 'fairing off.'"
Some of you had words for approaching bad weather. Here's another Tennessee listener -- Amy Abbot who listens to WYPL:
"When it's about ready to rain, in Knoxville everybody says it's 'comin' up a cloud.'"
And then there are words and phrases that are less descriptive of the weather, instead it's human reaction to weather that germinates the lingo. Here in New Hampshire rain is sometimes called tourist repellent. Ruth McKenry, who listens to KCHU in Valdez, Alaska, has something similar.
"My favorite is 'termination dust' which is the powered sugar, sort of coating that falls out of the sky in early fall and lies across the tops of mountains and scares the bejeezus out of the outsiders and they buy their tickets and go home until next summer."
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