Forecast: High Pressure System with Chance of Clouds!
By the end of October we begin to move from the unpredictable weather of fall into the even more erratic meteorological elements that dog us through winter.
Are you a novice meteorologist, or like most of us, don’t know (or often care) about the difference between cumulus and nimbostratus clouds? (Although the latter sounds kinda kinky.)
In view of the extreme weather conditions that may or may not be attributed to climate change or climate control—take your extreme choice—it’s good to know how and when your cumulus clouds could turn into a mind-twisting tornado. To begin …
TYRO (tīʹrō) n. – a beginner in learning something; novice; syn., amateur. [WW #82]
Put on your tyro hat—no, not the pointy one—and explore the world of clouds at Encyclopædia Britannica. Besides peaceful to observe, and great for spotting divine, heavenly animals, cumulus clouds can turn wicked in the right (or way wrong) conditions.
And before you say the pretty, puffy cumulus clouds couldn’t possibly be evil, read on dear tyro. According to Wiki: “A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that revolves while in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.”
Short-and-sweet is my mantra today (or rather tonight, by the time this is posted!) … so that’s our weatherized version of Wordplay Wednesday for this week! After another week or so of “Indian Summer,” we tyros will have an intelligent comment to make in casual conversation! (Please, no racial complaints—it’s just a term that has been in use for more than two hundred years.)
Word Challenge: TYRO. Remember, there is a difference between stupid and ignorant. The latter means you’re simply uninformed—don’t be the former—learn something new every day! Can you fit tyro into your week of cloudy writings?
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