Describing Winds and Storms
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it’s just (one’s) luck – a phrase used when one is complaining about having bad
luck, used to introduce an example of how one has bad luck
* It’s just our luck that housing prices fell by almost 20% right after we bought a
island vacation – a trip to an island (land surrounded by water) for a short
period of time when one is not working
* Shane wants to go to Alaska, but his wife would prefer an island vacation to
someplace warm, like Puerto Rico.
hurricane – a storm that forms over the ocean and has very strong, dangerous
winds that blow in circles
* Hurricane Katrina was very damaging for New Orleans, Louisiana.
uncanny – very difficult to explain or understand; very unusual, uncommon, or
strange, often used to talk about coincidences
* It seems uncanny that we would meet here. Are you sure nobody told you
where to find me?
to cross paths with (someone or something) – to meet someone or
something; to be in the same place at the same time as someone or something
* We’re not great friends, but we stop and say ‘hi’ whenever we cross paths.
tornado – a dangerous storm that forms over land and has very strong,
dangerous winds that blow in circles
* They hid in the basement during the tornado.
windstorm – a storm with very strong wind
* Several trees lost their branches in the windstorm.
gust – a sudden, strong movement of air
* A gust of wind tore the papers out of her hand.
to rattle – to make a noise when something is blown or moved against another
* She was so cold that you could hear her teeth rattling.
to blow down – for a strong wind or air to make something fall over
* The store’s sign always blows down on windy days.