Tuesday, 30 October 2012

atlantic time

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba. Photograph: Desmond Boylan/REUTERS

Floods and fires, seawater surges 
and electrical outages, fierce rains 
and lashing winds continued to pummel 
parts of the Northeast...

From Chicago to the Atlantic Ocean
through major cities including New York, 
Philadelphia and Washington, the impact 
of the storm 
continued to grow. 
                                Transportation systems 
in New York and New Jersey 
were crippled. 
More than 16,000 
airlines flights 
have been canceled.

Sandy continued to generate wind 
gusts up to 80 mph 
and dump up to a foot of rain 
and as much as 2 feet of snow 
in some areas. 
                         Many residents 
in coastal areas woke 
to both nasty winds and flash flooding 
from record surges 
pushed by the winds, high tides 
and a full moon.

October 30, 2012

weather (n.) 

O.E. weder, from P.Gmc. *wedran (cf. O.S. wedar, O.N. veðr, O.Fris., M.Du., Du. weder, O.H.G. wetar, Ger. Wetter "storm, wind, weather"), from PIE *we-dhro-, "weather," from root *we- "to blow" (see wind (n.)). Spelling with -th- first appeared 15c., though pronunciation may be much older.

Verb sense of "come through safely" is from 1650s; that of "wear away by exposure" is from 1757. Weather-beaten is from 1520s. Under the weather "indisposed" is from 1827. Greek had words for "good weather" (aithria, eudia) and words for "storm" and "winter," but no generic word for "weather" until kairos (lit. "time") began to be used as such in Byzantine times. L. tempestas "weather" (see tempest) also originally meant "time;" and words for "time" also came to mean weather in Irish (aimsir), Serbo-Croatian (vrijeme), Polish (czas), etc.
~ Online Etymological Dictionary

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