B1 If a day is very pleasant, you say it’s a ________ day.

B2 If the weather is very unpleasant, you say it’s a ________ day.

B3 If a day is very hot, you say it’s (a) ________.

B4 A day when the air is very still, moist, and warm—it’s ________.

B5 When the weather looks as if it will become bad, you say it’s ________.

B6 When clouds begin to increase, you say it’s ________.

B7 When clouds begin to decrease, you say it’s ________.

B8 When clouds come and go all day, you say it’s ________.

B9 What do you call the big clouds that roll up high before a rainstorm?

B10 What do you call the long trailing clouds high in the sky?

B11 Are there any other kinds of clouds that come often around here? (Open question—answers not necessarily comparable. Get descriptions.)

B12 When the wind begins to increase, you say it’s ________.

B13 When the wind begins to decrease, you say it’s ________.

B14 When the wind is blowing unevenly, sometimes strong and sometimes weak, you say it’s ________.

B15 When the wind suddenly begins to blow in a different direction, you say it ________.

B16 A destructive wind that comes with a funnel-shaped cloud:

B17 A destructive wind that blows straight:

B18 Are there any special kinds of wind that you get around here? (Open question)

B19 When fog begins to go up into the air, you say it’s ________.

B20 If fog goes up very fast: “It’s ________.” [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

B21 When fine drops of moisture are falling, you say it’s doing what?

B22 Rain accompanied by thunder and lightning—you call that a ________.

B23 Speaking of a light rain that doesn’t last, you would say it’s just a ________.

B24 What do you call a sudden, very heavy rain?

B25 Any joking names around here for a very heavy rain? You might say, “It’s a regular ________.” [Early QRs: What if it keeps on falling heavily? You might say, “It’s a regular ________.”]

B26 When it’s raining very heavily, you say, “It’s raining ________.”

B27 A sudden rush of water coming from heavy rain:

B28 When there is no rain for a long time, that’s a ________.

B29 A frost that does not kill plants is a ________.

B30 A frost that kills plants is a ________.

B31 A period of cold weather that comes early in the fall, after the first frost: [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

B32 A period of warm weather late in the fall:

B33a The first thin ice that forms over the surface of a pond or pool: “There’s just a ________ of ice.”

B33b Talking about the first thin ice that forms over the surface of a pond or pool: “The pond is just ________ over.”

B34 When a pond or lake becomes entirely covered with ice, you say it is ________.

B35 Ice that will bend when you step on it, but not break:

B36 Patterns formed by ice inside a window glass in winter:

B37 Long pointed pieces of ice that hang down from the roof: [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

B38 When rain falls half-frozen you say, “It’s ________.” [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

B39 A very light fall of snow:

B40 A severe snowstorm: [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

B41 When there’s a wet mixture of snow and water on the ground in spring, you say, “It’s ________ weather.” [Asked in early Questionnaires only]

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