On the whole, the 1) .. in Britain is fairly mild. Although there are four 2) .. summer, autumn, winter and spring many people say there are only two: cold and not-so-cold! The 3) .. today is around five 4) .. Centigrade, although the weather 5) .. has promised sunny 6) .. . I cant wait! I suppose the weather 7) .. arent bad for the time of year.
3.10. Fill in the correct word derived from the word in bold.
Forecasts might warn us about threats posed by the weather but imagine if we could take control of the weather and prevent (1) .. weather conditions in the first place.
Controlling the weather may be the (2) .. technological
challenge we face. For a long time, (3) .. have dreamed
of (4) .. artificial clouds to bring rain to areas hit by drought,
but its much (5) .. to do than they expected, with each part
having an (6) .. on all the others. The scientists may feel they
are (7) .. their time, but success could save millions of lives.
3.11. Find the odd word out.
breeze gale blustery frost
damp hazy wet humid
scorching stifling boiling chilly
drought tornado flood thunder
shower drizzle rain downpour
snow blizzard rain snowdrift
3.12. Match the two parts of the sentences.
1. A sudden gust of wind
a) and she had forgotten her umbrella.
2. It was a hot, humid day,
b) under the shadow of the trees.
3. It was pouring with rain
c) and matches are never cancelled.
4. We stopped at a cool, grassy area
d) mountains were veiled in mist.
5. I think Ill walk to work
e) blew the paper out of his hand.
6. Hurricanes happen in the Western Atlantic Ocean,
f) because of sleet and snow.
7. The team now have their own all-weather stadium
g) and the only sound was the buzzing of insects.
8. We couldnt see anything
h) because the car was stuck in a blizzard.
9. The scenery was mysterious,
i) its only drizzling.
10. We were very upset
j) typhoons happen in the Western Pacific Ocean.
3.13. What types of weather are bad and good for doing these things?
Model:Skiingbad: mild weather which makes the snow melt;
good: cold, clear days
1. Planting flowers in a garden
2. Having an evening barbecue
3. Going out in a small sailing boat
4. A day of sightseeing in a big city
5. Camping out in a tent
6. Looking at ships through binoculars
3.14. This chart shows anyone who wants to visit the West of Ireland what weather to expect at different times of the year. Make a similar chart for your country or home region.
coldest months usually quite wet; snow on high ground
generally cool, often wet and windy but improving
warmest months bright with showers; cool sea breezes
often mild becoming cold; mist and fog
3.15. What kinds of weather do you think caused the following to happen? Write a sentence which could go before each of these.
Model: July was really boiling.We had to sit in the shade every afternoon.
1. We had to sit in the shade every afternoon.
2. The sweat was pouring out of us.
3. I can hardly breathe; I wish it would rain to cool us down.
4. Cars were skidding out of control.
5. Even the postman had to use a boat to get around.
6. They had to close the airport; the snow was a metre deep.
7. We were able to sit in the garden in the middle of winter.
8. The earth became rock-hard and a lot of plants died.
9. It blew the newspaper out of my hands.
10. A row of big trees had been uprooted like matchsticks.
11. I could hardly see my hand in front of my face.
3.16. Read the text The Russian Climate and do the exercises after it.