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English speakers talk about the weather a lot! You will have a lot of short English conversations about the weather in an English-speaking country! There are common phrases and sentences that you can use. Someone might also ask you this question! When you talk about weather in English, use it. It is an empty subject in this context.

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True haze is moisture, hazy sunshine not really haze at all but the effect of the clouds. For international tourism, perception is all-important.

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But they are not to be confused with each other. For real kudos people should pick up lesser known classifications. Philip Eden says such language is ripe for satire. And a "little ice age" during medieval times led women to be accused of witchcraft for changing the weather. But there's humour to be had from unexpected downpours and unseasonal heatwaves. The UK is often said to be blessed with "a lot of weather" unlike places with a fixed climate or predictable seasons.

Samuel Johnson, the poet and lexicographer, said in "When two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather. It concludes poignantly: "Then the downpour ceased, to my sharp sad pain, And the glass that had screened our forms before Flew up, and out she sprang to her door: I should have kissed her if the rain Had lasted a minute more.

Because air particles are of a particular size they scatter blue light.

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Know your clouds. Weather allows Austen to set out the notion of chance and to bring certain characters together.

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When you're sitting in a cab and it's raining it'll come back to you," she says. As the Earth rotates on its axis, that causes pressure differences around the world, Eden says. Snow - as George Osborne famously argued - may dent economic growth. It's white because it's made up of tiny countless particles, which scatter the light like a frosted glass. Let's twist again like we did last summer" might not be everyone's cup of tea. Farmers want rain in the spring and a nice dry harvest.

It caused the heavily armoured French knights to sink into the mud, handing the initiative to the outed English archers. As a gambit, the weather is a reassuring icebreaker for strangers on trains and in myriad, awkward lift journeys. Low in the sky there's the classic cotton wool Cumulus, the Stratus, a layer of "rather dull" cloud, and higher up Cirrus - "a translucent delicate streak as if a watercolour brush has been stroked across the blue".

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Apologising for doing it. Good weather for all farmers may not be good news for farmers individually.

There are many similar moments throughout history, as Laura Lee outlined in her book Blame it on the Rain. The weather's influence is often crucial.

Dust particles in turn scatter red light, causing red sunsets. But for Tomalin we can learn from the "acute observation" that writers like Hardy bring to the weather.

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It's because of "Rayleigh scattering", says Eden. What did it mean? The reason is there's a bumper harvest. Punning is another rich seam. If you see Cirrus ing together, then you can tell the neighbour that there's a change in the weather coming, quite likely rain. Altostratus is higher than stratus but beware. He was not amused. It is actually caused by ice crystals moving in different directions.

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The Battle of Agincourt might not have been won by the English were it not for heavy rain before the hostilities began. Weather lore: What's the science? Alto, as in music, doesn't mean high but mid-level.

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But assuming that weather conversation is inevitable, how can people make it a bit more interesting? It's the rarest of the 10 main clouds. Stratocumulus is a continuous layer of cumulus that looks like a "tray of bread rolls".

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It's not organised even if that's how it looks on a weather chart. It's likely JFK would not have won the presidency if polling day had been sunny. Literature has many evocative weather scenes for people to talk about. But what about wind - where does that come from? People confuse weather and climate, says Eden.

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The wind blows from high to low pressure areas. Light travels in a wave and when small particles are in the air it causes the light to be scattered. It may also mean less spending on ice cream and more at cinemas. Snow is the most "natural" form of precipitation.

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A few years ago Today presenter John Humphrys picked up on the Met Office's adoption of the phrase "organised bands of rain". Cirrocumulus is high cloud that looks like grains of salt. Hitler's invasion of Russia might have succeeded if there'd been a late autumn. But how can this most British of conversations be made interesting? It's often said that in Thomas Hardy's novels the weather acts like a character. The UK has a temperate climate with variable weather but an absence of extremes. But it's complicated. Rather more dramatic is "king of clouds" the Cumulonimbus.

Clouds are one of nature's most beautiful shows. If all else fails, you can try and find symbols in the clouds, the subject of a new book edited by Pretor-Pinney - Clouds That Look Like Things. In just 10 lines a man tells the story of waiting in a hansom cab with the object of his desire while the rain pours down. Most people have a very simplistic view of weather, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Climate is over a year or over a period of years. Cirrostratus is a "very subtle" cloud that can be nothing more than a milky whitening of the sky.

Without bad weather being followed by sun at the end of Emma, Mr Knightley would not have proposed to the eponymous heroine. Tourism is one area where the equation is more straightforward. So it's crucial you can identify the different clouds. We have hot spells but it breaks down quickly.

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A grey sky is caused by clouds. Weather forecasts are full of weird jargon. Eventually it will discharge and that is a lightning strike, Eden says. And people in the UK misunderstand what the normal climate is, he argues. It's a huge towering dark cloud, shaped at the top like a blacksmith's anvil, and responsible for sudden downpours. There's only one thing more British than talking about the weather. One classic conversation is about how the sky looks. A thunderstorm in folklore was "God moving the furniture".

So why does it look blue? It can be a crushingly banal conversational filler. There is unequal heating of the oceans and continents, the tropics and the poles. The normal British summer is unsettled, changeable and cloudy. But what is a cloud? But his poetry is just as evocative, says his biographer Claire Tomalin.

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They expect hot summers and cold, snowy winters and mostly they're not like that. But April's "really bad" weather does seem to have hit retailers' footfall. The rain-lashed Jubilee weekend provoked a torrent of weather talk.

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A Thunderstorm In Town is one of her favourites. It's different if you've booked ahead to stay for a weekend as you're already committed. An unexpected quotation may be amusing or pretentious depending on the context. So certain moments like Wimbledon or the Olympics become crucial. It's not only in history that weather is decisive.

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Perhaps most exciting of all are the rain nimbo clouds, suggests Pretor-Pinney. Nearly all precipitation starts as snow - rain is when this melts, sleet is half melted snow, and hail occurs when water droplets get sucked up to the to the top of Cumulonimbus clouds where they freeze. A rainy day can put people off going to the shops.