state of the atmosphere

Weather is the state of the atmosphere, to the degree that it is hot or cold, wet or dry, calm or stormy, clear or cloudy. Weather, seen from an anthropological perspective, is something all humans in the world constantly experience through their senses, at least while being outside. Weather generally refers to day-to-day temperature and precipitation activity, whereas climate is the term for the average atmospheric conditions over longer periods of time. When used without qualification, "weather", is generally understood to mean the weather of Earth

I feel so much depends on the weather, so is it raining in your bedroom? ~ Scott Weiland

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A - F edit

We often hear of bad weather, but in reality no weather is bad. It is all delightful, though in different ways. Some weather may be bad for farmers.- John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
My novels offer an extreme hypothesis which future events may disprove — or confirm. They're in the nature of long-range weather forecasts. - J. G. Ballard.
WEATHER, n. The climate of an hour....A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The setting up of official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle.- Ambrose Bierce.
A cloud was on the mind of men, and wailing went the weather,
Yea, a sick cloud upon the soul when we were boys together.- G. K. Chesterton.
Those weathermen, too, who tell you that rain is bad weather. There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat. - Billy Connolly.
One day in the bluest of summer weather,
Sketching under a whispering oak,
I heard five bobolinks laughing together
Over some ornithological joke. - Christopher Pearce Cranch.
External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him... - Charles Dickens.
April is the cruelest month, breeding
lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
memory and desire, stirring
dull roots with spring rain. - T.S. Eliot.
  • Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
  • A relationship is not like a bit of shade where one is comfortable or uncomfortable depending on the weather and the way the wind is blowing. On the contrary, it is a place of miracles, where the magician makes the rain and the good weather.
  • What it says I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.
    But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
    And singing, and loving — all come back together.
    But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
    The green fields below him, the blue [sky above.
    That he sings, and he sings; and forever sings he -
    I love my love, and my love loves me!
  • In discussing the state of the atmosphere following a nuclear exchange, we point especially to the effects of the many fires that would be ignited by the thousands of nuclear explosions in cities, forests, agricultural fields, and oil and gas fields. As a result of these fires, the loading of the atmosphere with strongly light absorbing particles in the submicron size range (1 micron = 10-6 m) would increase so much that at noon solar radiation at the ground would be reduced by at least a factor of two and possibly a factor of greater than one hundred.
    • Paul Crutzen and John W. Birks, 'The Atmosphere after a Nuclear War: Twilight at Noon', Ambio, 1982, 11, 115.
  • External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather did not know where to have him. The heaviest rain, snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often “come down” handsomely, and Scrooge never did.
thumbJohn von Neumann envisioned that weather and climate systems could be controlled, or atleast directed, by the release of perfectly practical amounts of energy, or by altering the absorption and reflection properties of the ground or the sea or the atmosphere. His philosophy was that all stable processes we shall predict. All unstable processes we shall control.

G - L edit

  • Groves hated the weather, and the weathermen; they represented chaos and the messengers of chaos. Weather violated boundaries, ignored walls and gates, failed to adhere to deadlines, disobeyed orders. Weather caused delays. The weather forecasters had opposed the [atomic bomb] test date for months—it was set within a window of unfavorable conditions: thunderstorms, rain, high winds, inversion layers. Groves had overridden them. … Groves saw it as a matter of insubordination when the weather forecasters refused to forecast good weather for the test.
    • Peter Bacon Hales, In Atomic Spaces: Living on the Manhattan Project (1999), 312. For the attitude of Groves toward the weather see his, 'Some Recollections of July 16, 1945', Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Jun 1970), 26, No. 6, 27.
  • The globe is covered with distinct weather systems that overlap, interact and thus cover the entire globe. The Gulf Stream is one example of a weather system that affects a regional climate.
  • Yet with today's technological knowledge and computational tools, we can only define weather in terms of probability or chaos theories. Our scientific advancements have been exceptional during the last 400 years, but we still have only begun to understand.
This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
And so do I;
When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,...Thomas Hardy.
    This is the weather the cuckoo likes,
    And so do I;
    When showers betumble the chestnut spikes,
    And nestlings fly;
    And the little brown nightingale bills his best,
    And they sit outside at 'The Traveller's Rest,'
    And maids come forth sprig-muslin drest,
    And citizens dream of the south and west,
    And so do I.
    This is the weather the shepherd shuns,
    And so do I;
    When beeches drip in browns and duns,
    And thresh and ply;
    And hill-hid tides throb, throe on throe,
    And meadow rivulets overflow,
    And drops on gate bars hang in a row,
    And rooks in families homeward go,
    And so do I.
  • The notion of time is to be considered in the nature of war, as it is in the nature of weather. For as the nature of foul weather lieth not in a shower or two of rain, but in an inclination thereto of many days together, so the nature of war consisteth not in actual fighting, but in the known thereto during all the time there is an assurance to the contrary.
  • When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.
For the man sound in body and serene in mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously - Jerome K. Jerome.
I loved weather, all weather, not just the good kind. I loved balmy days, fearsome storms, blizzards, and spring showers. And the colors! Everyday brought something to be admired: the soft feathery patterns of cirrus clouds, the deep, dark grays of thunderheads, the lacy gold and peach of the early morning sunrise. The sky and its moods called to me. - L. Jagi Lamplighter.
  • Give 'em quips, give 'em fun
    And they'll happy to say you're A-1
    If you become a farmer you've the weather to buck
    If you become a gambler you'll be stuck with your luck
    But Jack you'll never lack if you can quack like a duck
    Be a clown, be a clown, be a clown.
  • Yes, today we have genuine Russian weather. Yesterday we had Swedish weather. I can't understand why your weather is so terrible. Maybe it is because you are immediate neighbours of NATO.
    • Nikita Khrushchev At a Swedish-Soviet summit which began on March 30, 1956, in Moscow. The stenographed discussion was later published by the Swedish quoted in Raoul Wallenberg (1985) by Eric Sjöquist, p. 119 ISBN 915365087.
  • I told her I'd rather talk about her, instead of listening to her drone on about the weather. Little did I know she was an aspiring meteorologist.

M - R edit

...defined by islands and enclosed by the rainforest, out here, everything was open, and the weather was the fabric of the world.- Erin Mckittrick
When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather: for the sky is red. - Matthew.
Stickeen always insisted on going with me, however wild the weather, gliding like a fox through dripping huckleberry bushes and thorny tangles of panaz and rubus...- John Muir.
  • There’s no such thing as bad weather. It’s just light and what you are gonna do about it!
Isn't the lightning darling?
Fear not the thunder, little one.
It's weather, simply weather;
It's friendly giants full of fun. - Ogden Nash.
  • Isn't the [[[lightning]] darling?
    Fear not the thunder, little one.
    It's weather, simply weather;
    It's friendly giants full of fun
    Clapping their hands together.
    I hope of lightning our supply
    Will never be exhausted ;
    You know it's lanterns in the sky angels who are losted.
    We [[love] the kindly wind and hail,
    The jolly thunderbolt,
    We watch in glee the fairy trail
    Of ampere, watt, and volt.
    • Ogden Nash in: "The bad parents' garden of verse".
  • How to start on my adventure—how to become a forester—was not so simple. There were no schools of Forestry]] in America. … Whoever turned his mind toward Forestry in those days thought little about the forest itself and more about its influences, and about its influence on rainfall first of all. So I took a course in meteorology, which has to do with weather and climate. and another in botany, which has to do with the vegetable kingdom—trees are unquestionably vegetable. And another in geology, for forests grow out of the earth. Also I took a course in astronomy, for it is the sun which makes trees grow. All of which is as it should be, because science underlies the forester's knowledge of the woods. So far I was headed right. But as for Forestry itself, there wasn't even a suspicion of it at Yale. The time for teaching Forestry as a profession was years away.
Why is it that showers and even storms seem to come by chance, so that many people think it quite natural to pray for rain or fine weather, though they would consider it ridiculous to ask for an eclipse by prayer?
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. - John Ruskin.

S - Z edit

The martlet Builds in the weather on the outward wall, Even in the force and road of casualty. - William Shakespeare.
...Little we fear
Weather without,
Sheltered about
The Mahogany-Tree.
I believe that in India "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. -Mark Twain.
In fierce March weather
White waves break tether,
And whirled together
At either hand,
Like weeds uplifted
The tree trunks rifted. - Algernon Charles Swinburne.
USA, India, China, the Middle East and Australia, where climatic conditions suit the natural growth requirement of cotton including periods of hot and dry weather, and where adequate moisture is available, often obtained through irrigation. - Usha Barwale Zehr.
  • Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. People are always ready to complain about a problem but never willing to solve it;...
    • Generally, but perhaps mistakenly, attributed to Mark Twain, as reported in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (1989), which notes that the quote "has never been verified in his writings". Many quotation dictionaries credit Charles Dudley Warner, a friend of Twain's, with this remark. But what Warner actually wrote, in an editorial in the Hartford (Connecticut) Courant (August 27, 1897), p. 8, was: "A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it." Later, Robert U. Johnson, in his autobiography, Remembered Yesterdays, p. 322 (1923), says, "Nor have I ever seen in print Mark's saying about the weather, 'We all grumble about the weather, but—but—but nothing is done about it.'" See also Martin H. Manser The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs, Infobase Publishing, 2007, p. 175.
  • As a verb weather means change in color, condition, etc., because of the effects of the sun, wind, rain, etc., over a long period of time. It also means to deal with or experience (something dangerous or unpleasant) without being harmed or damaged too much.
    • in: Weather,
  • As a noun weather is the state of the air and atmosphere at a particular time and place : the temperature and other outside conditions (such as rain, cloudiness, etc.) at a particular time and place, and bad or stormy weather. It is the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness.
    • in: "Weather".
  • I feel so much depends on the weather, so is it raining in your bedroom?

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