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disturbance of the ordinary conditions of the atmosphere attended by wind, rain, snow, sleet, hail, or thunder and lightning. Types of storms include the extratropical cyclonecyclone,
atmospheric pressure distribution in which there is a low central pressure relative to the surrounding pressure. The resulting pressure gradient, combined with the Coriolis effect, causes air to circulate about the core of lowest pressure in a counterclockwise direction
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, the common, large-scale storm of temperate latitudes; the tropical cyclone, or hurricanehurricane,
tropical cyclone in which winds attain speeds greater than 74 mi (119 km) per hr. Wind speeds gust over 200 mi (320 km) per hr in some hurricanes. The term is often restricted to those storms occurring over the N Atlantic Ocean; the identical phenomenon occurring over
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, which is somewhat smaller in area than the former and accompanied by high winds and heavy rains; the tornadotornado,
dark, funnel-shaped cloud containing violently rotating air that develops below a heavy cumulonimbus cloud mass and extends toward the earth. The funnel twists about, rises and falls, and where it reaches the earth causes great destruction.
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, or "twister," a small but intense storm with very high winds, usually of limited duration; and the thunderstormthunderstorm,
violent, local atmospheric disturbance accompanied by lightning, thunder, and heavy rain, often by strong gusts of wind, and sometimes by hail. The typical thunderstorm caused by convection occurs when the sun's warmth has heated a large body of moist air near the
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, local in nature and accompanied by brief but heavy rain showers and often by hail. The term storm is also applied to blizzardsblizzard,
winter storm characterized by high winds, low temperatures, and driving snow; according to the official definition given in 1958 by the U.S. Weather Bureau, the winds must exceed 35 mi (56 km) per hr and the temperature 20°F; (−7°C;) or lower.
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, sandstormssandstorm,
strong dry wind blowing over the desert that raises and carries along clouds of sand or dust often so dense as to obscure the sun and reduce visibility almost to zero; also known as a duststorm.
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, and dust storms, in which high wind is the dominant meteorological element.

A storm surge, sometimes called a tidal wave, is a flood of ocean or lake water that occurs in areas subject to tropical storms and bordering on shallow waters, but any strong low-pressure system in a coastal area, such as a northeaster along the Atlantic coast of North America, may produce a storm surge. Storm surges are due mostly to wind, which pushes the water ahead of a storm. In Galveston, Tex., in 1900 a hurricane with a wind velocity of more than 100 mi (160 km) per hr caused an ocean storm surge 15 ft (5 m) above normal high tide levels that flooded coastal areas, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives and extensive property damage. The highest storm surge on record in the United States is that caused by Hurricane Katrina (2005), which had sustained winds at landfall in SE Louisiana of more than 140 mi (225 km) per hr and a storm surge that by one estimate reached 29 ft (8.8 m) on the SW Mississippi coast and caused coastal devastation from SE Louisiana to Alabama.

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an assault upon an enemy force defending a population point such as a fortress or a large city or upon enemy forces defending positions they have fortified strongly. Pillboxes, individual strongpoints, and fortified buildings are usually attacked by specially trained storm detachments or groups, which are formed from subunits of various branches of the armed forces or from special troops.

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What does it mean when you dream about a storm?

Taking shelter from a storm indicates that whatever disturbance is occurring in the dreamer’s business or personal life will quickly blow over.

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An atmospheric disturbance involving perturbations of the prevailing pressure and wind fields on scales ranging from tornadoes (0.6 mile or 1 kilometer across) to extratropical cyclones (up to 1800 miles or 3000 kilometers across); also the associated weather (rain storm or blizzard) and the like.
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An abnormal and usually violent disturbance of, or condition in, the atmosphere, accompanied by wind, rain, dust, hail, or the like. The wind force in a storm is between 48 and 55 knots. A storm is termed “violent” if the wind speed is between 56 and 63 knots, and it becomes “hurricane force” if the speed is greater than 64 knots.
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a. a violent weather condition of strong winds, rain, hail, thunder, lightning, blowing sand, snow, etc.
b. (as modifier): storm signal
2. Meteorol a violent gale of force 10 on the Beaufort scale reaching speeds of 55 to 63 mph
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Blackberry Storm

The first touchscreen BlackBerry phone. Introduced in 2008, the Storm was a dual-band phone that supported both CDMA and GSM carriers. The original Storm touchscreen featured SurePress technology, which required an actual depression of screen keys. In late 2009, the Storm2 replaced SurePress with a multitouch screen similar to other smartphones. The Storm2 also had Wi-Fi, which was absent on the first model. By no means did the Storm take the world by storm. Several years later, the BlackBerry Z10 offered a vast improvement in functionality. See BlackBerry 10.

The BlackBerry Storm
The Storm was the first smartphone to combine features such as a three-megapixel camera, built-in GPS, a multi-format media player and support for both CDMA and GSM carriers. (Image courtesy of BlackBerry,
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Everything in our life is a reflection on us and this holds true in our dreams. The storm in your dreams may be a reflection of some difficulty in your life. Consider all of the details and notice if you took shelter from the storm or were you swept away by it. Did the storm pass you by, were you safe, or did you suffer? All of us experience difficulties in life and our dreams make an attempt to bring us into awareness and out of denial. Think about the storms in your life, how you will weather them, and what you can do to make them subside.
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They are less useful when talking about religious desires and commitments that are marked by ambivalence, or by the storminess of difficult relationships, or by anger and opposition.
(4.) The calmness (low variation) in third quarter apparel expenditure before the storminess (high variation) in the fourth quarter is also reflected in the range of values for expenditure in the third quarter ($1,576) compared to that of the fourth quarter ($3,425).
The team's prediction is that between December 1 and February 28 there is a 70 to 75 per cent probability that temperature, precipitation, windspeed and storminess will all be above average for the UK and Ireland as a whole.
Some of his intensity and angst and storminess has vanished, perhaps because he is at last free from family constraints and free from the kind of society Phil's family represents.
Our Sun is an active star with a roughly 11-year-long ebb and flow of storminess and quiescence.
According to meteorological theory, the shrinking gap between tropical and polar temperatures should have reduced the storminess of the atmosphere, either by weakening storms or decreasing their frequency, says Risbey.
A general pattern of warmer sea-surface temperatures along the entire coast, intensified winter storminess in the Gulf of Alaska, and warmer winter and spring conditions over Alaska appear to be associated with an increased frequency of El Nino conditions in the tropical Pacific.
Kelly's fine art was based on personal experience: the faces reminiscent of Ensor's expressed the depression he experienced in the fifties in Europe; the joyful erotic drawings after his marriage to Janet; or the Delta landscapes, metaphors for a wide range of emotions from tranquillity to dark, brooding storminess.
Storminess variation during the last 6500 years as reconstructed from an ombrotrophic peat bog in Halland, southwest Sweden.
Ward, 'Atmospheric Circulation and Storminess Derived from Royal Navy Logbooks: 1685 to 1750', Climatic Change 101 (2010): 17-22; During another planned invasion with French aid in 1744, the Jacobites intended to invade Britain in February 1744.
Woken, I lay in the arms of my own warmth and listened To a storm enjoying its storminess in the winter dark Till my ear, as it can when half-asleep or half-sober, Set to work to unscramble that interjectory uproar, Construing its airy vowels and watery consonants Into a love-speech indicative of a Proper Name.