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
- Quotes are arranged alphabetically by author
A - F
- Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not.
- Anon in: Judy Stubley Sixty Spooky, Strange and Surprising Stories about Abingdon, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 1 May 2013, p. 95.
- Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.
- Phil Armstrong in: 2 Promises, 2010, p. 64.
- Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, and clouds and storms, and all the weather, through which you give your creatures sustenance. Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
- 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 in: William Henry Farquhar et al., Annals of Sandy Spring ...: history of a rural community in Maryland, Volume 2, Cushings & Bailey, 1902, p. 318.
- My novels offer an extreme hypothesis which future events may disprove — or confirm. They're in the nature of long-range weather forecasts.
- Life! we've been long together,
Through pleasant and through cloudy weather;
Tis hard to part when friends are dear;
Perhaps 'twill cost a sigh, a tear;
Then steal away, give little warning,
Choose thine own time;
Say not Good night, but in some brighter clime
Bid me good morning ..
- It is extraordinary how many emotional storms one may weather in safety if one is ballasted with ever so little gold.
- Bernard Baruch in: The Investor's Guidebook to Alternative Investments: The Role of Alternative Investments in Portfolio Design, Penguin, 1 October 2013, p. 112.
- The sun was in mind to come out but having a look at the weather it was in lost heart and went back again.
- 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.
- In Balder's hand Christ placed his own,
And it was golden weather,
And on that berg as on a throne
The Brethren stood together!
And countless voices far and wide
Sang sweet beneath the sky
All that is beautiful shall abide,
All that is base shall die!
- Who would true valour see
Let him come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather.
There's no discouragement,
Shall make him once relent,
His first avow'd intent,
To be a pilgrim.
- The rogue is growing a little old;
Five years we've tramped through wind and weather,
And slept out-doors when nights were cold,
And ate and drank—and starved together.
- Thomas Campbell in Collier's Cyclopedia Of Social And Commercial Information, 1882, p. 89.
- There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
- 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.
- You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.
- Pema Chödrön in Your Spacious Self: Clear the Clutter and Discover Who You Are, Hierophant Publishing, 1 October 2012, p. 158.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Weather means more when you have a garden. There's nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans.
- Marcelene Cox in: Joseph Demakis the Ultimate Book of Quotations, Lulu.com, p. 156.
- 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 in: Carl C. Gaither et al., Gaither's Dictionary of Scientific Quotations:, Springer Science & Business Media, 5 January 2012, p. 62.
- 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.
- The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather.
- 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.
- Well, commander. I've learned it is never a good idea to play around with the forces of nature. But with this evil Romanov running loose again, we have no choice! This Weather Control Device provides very advanced manipulation of the weather patterns. These are God's toys, commander... use them wisely, ja?
- 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 in: Gabrielle McIntire Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, Cambridge University Press, 7 February 2008, p. 1.
- Using computer generated predictions John 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.
- James Rodger Fleming in : Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control, Columbia University Press, 13 August 2013, p. 203.
G - L
- ...the kind of weather that reminds you after a long winter that while the world wasn't built for humans, we were built for the world.
- John Green in : The Fault In Our Stars - John Green: The Fault In Our Stars, John Green, 10 January 2012, p. 84.
- 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.
- David Halsey in: “It's All About Time”, p. 56.
- 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.
- David Halsey in: “It's All About Time”, p. 69.
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.
- There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average.
- And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these.
- 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.
- But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.
- Jerome K. Jerome in: George Grossmith et al., Stop What You’re Doing and Read…To Make You Laugh: The Diary of a Nobody & Three Men in a Boat, Random House, 29 February 2012, p. 185 .
- Meteorologist see perfect in strange things, and the meshing of three completely independent weather systems to form a hundred-year event is one of them. My God, thought Case, this is the perfect storm.
- Sebastian Junger in: Christopher Lehmann-Haupt 'The Perfect Storm': Shipwreck Story No One Survived to Tell, The New York Times, 5 June 1997.
- The storm starts, when the drops start dropping. When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.
- Daniel Kahneman in: Trend Commandments: Trading for Exceptional Returns, Pearson Education, 13 June 2011, p. 85.
- 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 Government.as 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.
- Jarod Kintz in: Africa Weather, plus.google.com.
- 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.
- Nature is so powerful, so strong. Capturing its essence is not easy - your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. It takes you to a place within yourself.
M - R
- When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
- There’s no such thing as bad weather. It’s just light and what you are gonna do about it!
- Andrew Mckenna in: “Only Happy When It Rains”
- ...defined by islands and enclosed by the rainforest, out here, everything was open, and the weather was the fabric of the world.
- Erin Mckittrick in: A Long Trek Home: 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft, and Ski, The Mountaineers Books, 2009, p. 99.
- The color of the sky as far as I can see is coal gray
lift my head from the pillow and then fall again
with a shiver in my bones just thinking about the weather.
- But there are dreams that cannot be And there are storms we cannot weather.
- When it's winter on Earth, it's also summer on Earth...somewhere else. Thus, allow us to counter anecdotal evidence about cold weather with more anecdotal evidence: It's blazing hot in Australia, with temperatures, in some regions, set to possibly soar above 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the coming days.
- Chris Mooney in: Dear Donald Trump: Winter Does Not Disprove Global Warming, motherjones.com, 2 January 2014.
- Strange, fertile correspondences the alchemists sensed in unlikely orders of being. Between men and planets, plants and gestures, words and weather.
- 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...Once he followed me over a glacier the surface of which was so crusty and rough that it cut his feet until every step was marked with blood...
- John Muir in: Zachary Michael Jack Participatory Sportswriting: An Anthology, 1870-1937, McFarland, 24 November 2008, p. 90.
- Precipitate as weather, she appeared from somewhere, then evaporated, leaving only memory.
- The weather is so very mild
That some would call it warm.
Good gracious, aren’t we lucky child?...
- 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".
- By the waters of Life we sat together,
Hand in hand in the golden days
Of the beautiful early summer weather,
When skies were purple and breath was praise.
- Just for the record, the weather today is partly suspicious with chances of betrayal.
- Chuck Palahniuk in: Breadcrumbs for Beginners: Following the Writing Trail, Balboa Press, 2011, p. 82.
- A Song for September
Sorrow and scarlet leaf,
Sad thoughts and sunny weather:
Ah me, this glory and this grief
Agree not well together!
- Prayer: Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee to retain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations. Amen.
- 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?
- Sometimes for years and years together,
She ’ll bless you with the sunniest weather,
Bestowing honour, pudding, pence,
You can’t imagine why or whence;
- A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
- Marcel Proust in: Marleen Wynants, Sara EngelenWe Can Change the Weather: 100 Cases of Changeability, Asp / Vubpress / Upa, 2010, p. 7.
- If the first of July be rainy weather, It will rain, more of less, for four weeks together.
- English proverb in: The Frank C. Brown Collection of NC Folklore: Vol. VII: Popular Beliefs and Superstitions from North Carolina, Part 2, Duke University Press, 29 April 1977, p. 269.
- Weather: President Reagan must be happy over how bad the weather's been this winter, because its the one thing no one's blaming on him. There is nothing television news likes better than bad weather, and we sure get a lot of it in the United States.
- For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters clown,
To strengthen while one stands.
- 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.
S - Z
- But by the fair weather that you make yourself - Many can brook the weather that cannot bear the wind - Considering the weather, a taller man than I will take cold –‘Tis like to ne loud weather – But I must make fair weather yet awhile – Mine honour keeps the weather of my fate.
- William Shakespeare in: Shakspeare's Dramatic Works: With Explanatory Notes, John Stockdale, 1790 , p. 1721.
- The martlet Builds in the weather on the outward wall, Even in the force and road of casualty.
- William Shakespeare in: The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act II, scene 9, line 28., Classic Books Company, 2001, p. 357.
- The weather and the giant of the weather,
Say the weather, the mere weather, the mere air:
An abstraction blooded, as a thought.
- If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together
In sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flowerful closes,
Green pasture or gray grief;
If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf.
- Algernon Charles Swinburne in: John D. RosenbergElegy for an Age: The Presence of the Past in Victorian Literature, Anthem Press, 15 February 2005 , p. 169.
- In fierce March weather
White waves break tether,
And whirled together
At either hand,
Like weeds uplifted
The tree trunks rifted.
- Christmas is here :
Winds whistle shrill,
Icy and chill,
Little care we:
Little we fear
- ...of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.
- J. R. R. Tolkien in: Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 14 April 2005, p. 59.
- 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: Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World: Easyread Large Bold Edition, ReadHowYouWant.com, 5 November 2008 , p. 186.
- 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.
- Merriam-webster.com in: Weather, Merriam-webster.com.
- 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.
- Merriam-webster.com in: "Weather".
- Pray don't talk to me about the weather,... Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else. And that makes me quite nervous.
- Oscar Wilde in: Philip George Hill [The Importance of Being Earnest in :Our Dramatic Heritage: Classical drama and the early Renaissance, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1983, p. 148.
- Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society
- E. B. White in: Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, Chronicle Books, 6 May 2014, p. 10.
- 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 in: Cotton: Biotechnological Advances, Springer Science & Business Media, 13 January 2010, p. 1.