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barber

Overview page. Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

A wind that is carrying sleet, snow, or spray, when the air temperature is close to freezing. Named for the precipitation's tendency to freeze on to the beard and hair.

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freezing rain

Overview page. Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology — Environmental Science.

Rain that falls as liquid droplets, but which freezes on contact with the ground, trees, or other objects that are below 0 °C, creating a layer of glaze.

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ice storm

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A popular term for a sudden, widespread, and highly destructive incidence of glaze, such as the event that occurred over a large area of Canada and New England on 5–9 January 1998.

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matacabras

Overview page. Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology.

[Spanish: ‘kills goats’]

An uncomfortable, cold wind, not necessarily northerly, in the mountainous regions of Spain. The term is also associated with sleet (i.e. melting snow) and...

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precipitation

Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

1 All liquid and solid forms of water that are deposited from the atmosphere; it includes rain, drizzle, snow, hail, dew, and hoar frost.

2 The formation...

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rain

Overview page. Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.

It never rains but it pours proverbial saying, early 18th century, meaning that if one thing has gone wrong, worse will follow.

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