24 WEATHER – podcast episode 24 – transcript

Hello! Here we are again, with a new episode about WEATHER.

We’re actually buried in snow now here in the north of Italy.  It’s freezing!

Find out about weather-related words and expressions in our new episode on iTunes or here :  


And here’s the transcript!  Enjoy!  Marta


M- Today, we’re talking about “Weather”.

M- It’s positively FRIGID in here!

C- Ok, I’ll turn up the thermostat in here. I know, today’s a cold one isn’t it?


C- Ok, there you go. It’ll warm up in here soon.

M- Thank you! I can’t stand winter! I want to move to a place with palm trees!

C- Well…. wait until we finish this episode before you book your plane ticket!

M- Speaking of plane tickets… that reminds me that you’ve just returned from The States. How was the weather? I hope it was warmer than here?

C- Well, when we left Italy it was like totally overcast and I was so happy to be leaving. Then we landed in Amsterdam and it was like kinda drizzling. But when we got to Atlanta it was raining cats and dogs and by the time we landed in North Carolina….

M- Hang on. Wait a minute, Cindy….I haven’t been able to process a thing you’ve said.

C- Oh, has your brain frozen over?

M- Maybe so. Now what were you talking about?

C- I was talking about the weather on our trip.

M- All I heard was something about cats and dogs.

C- Tell the truth. All you heard was the word ‘’cats’’!

M- Okay, maybe so, everyone knows by now that I love cats …but you also used the word ‘’drizzling’’, you’d better explain yourself a little better.

C- Ok, you’re right. I was saying that when we left Italy (and for those of you who are just joining us- Marta and I both live in the north of Italy)… when we left Italy, the sky was OVERCAST.

M- And when the sky is ‘’overcast’’ that means it’s cloudy and gray outside.

C- Right. Then we caught a connecting flight in Amsterdam and it was DRIZZLING outside.

M- And that means…?

C- Drizzling means a light rain. That’s just enough precipitation for you to have to take your umbrella with you.

M- And what about the cats and dogs in Georgia?

C- IT WAS RAINING CATS AND DOGS in Atlanta, Georgia.

M- that sounds serious!

C- It is! If someone says “it’s raining cats & dogs outside” that means it’s raining quite hard.

M- And maybe you should use a little extra caution while doing things like driving a car.

C- Yes! And be extra careful if you’ve just spent a lot of money in the salon to have your hair styled! If it’s raining cats & dogs outside then you’ve just wasted a whole lot of money!

M- We’re accustomed to rain here in the north of Italy.


M- Well not literally, Cindy, that’s just an expression meaning that the fog is very dense and visibility is severely restricted.

C- Yeah, whatever…do you remember how foggy it was when you performed in Rovigo recently?

M- Oh yes! I remember! You could cut that fog with a knife!

C- I rest my case. Let’s see, what else can we talk about?

M- How about just this morning?

C- Oh yeah, I woke up really early and noticed that we had a DUSTING overnight.

M- I want to move to Florida.

C- You can’t move to Florida until we finish this podcast. Now explain what a dusting is.

M- A dusting is a light coating of snow.

C- It’s kind of pretty really, it looks like everything’s been coated with powdered sugar! It also hides the fact that I need to wash my car!

M- Cindy, how about the expression ‘’A BLANKET OF SNOW’’?

C- Right. A blanket of snow is a heavy coating. I have some family in the state of Vermont and some friends in northern New York where it’s quite cold and they’re often ‘’BLANKETED IN SNOW’’. Sometimes they’re BURIED IN SNOW.

M- And can you explain what SLEET is?

C- Sleet is the enemy.

M- I was thinking something more specific, Cindy.

C- Sleet is awful. Sleet is exactly what you don’t want to find when you’re on the road. Sleet is that halfway point between snow and rain. It’s soft ice.

M- Oh you mean like Italian sorbetto?

C- Exactly! But much less appealing! Sleet is common in my region of North Carolina and in winter it causes all kinds of damage. I live midway between the mountains and the sea. Too cold for rain and too warm for snow- and the result is sleet and ice and broken trees, power outages and perilous driving conditions.

M- Wow! I didn’t know you felt so passionately about sleet?

C- I do! And you want to know why? Because one Christmas, an ice storm had knocked out power in my town for 3 days! In the country that means no lights, no running water and no heat!

M- Merry Christmas!

C- Thank goodness I had a wood burning stove in my living room, so we cooked Christmas dinner on that stove. One learns to be very resourceful when living in North Carolina.

M- And what about HURRICANES?

C- Oh, those are nasty too! Hurricane storms are common on the Gulf Coast, East Coast, the Caribbean and Mexico. Hurricanes can be mild with just rain and high winds or they can destroy everything in their path like Hurricane Katrina did in 2005. Can we talk about something happy now??

M- You’re right. What about springtime, that’s a lovely time of the year.

C- Springtime! My favorite season! But you know, Marta that reminds me of another season- a mysterious 5th season!

M- 5th season? I thought there were only 4. Spring, summer, winter and fall (autumn).

C- There’s another- a fifth season.

M- A fifth?

C- Mud Season! Mud season is that mysterious hidden season between winter and spring! It’s when all the ice and snow melts up north and turns the ground into water puddles and brown mud!

M- Lovely. Let’s talk about spring now.

C- Oh, I love springtime. It’s so beautiful. It’s my favorite time of the year here in Northern Italy.

M- It’s also allergy season

C- It’s true!

M- But it is beautiful around here when the clouds and rain finally go away and flowers begin to bloom.

C- Don’t worry, Marta. We’re halfway through winter now, spring is just around the corner. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

M- I can’t wait!

C- It can get very hot & dry here in the summertime.

M- July and August are BLISTERING HOT.

C- I gave up years ago on my hopes of ever having a garden. It’s too damned hot, everything is wilted by noontime- including me! I just buy my vegetables now from the nice fruit & veg people on the corner!

M- Good idea. We need to support our local farmers!

C- By the way, Marta, are you feeling warmer now? Is the heater starting to kick in?

M- Yes…I’m warmer…it’s still not Florida, but I’m happy.

C- Well, go ahead and book your flight now. I think we’re about done here.

M- Thanks for listening everyone! And be sure to check the transcript for more useful weather- related words and definitions.

C- Thanks for listening everyone! And wherever you are, we hope the sun shines brightly on you today! And for you too, Marta…hey, are those ICICLES hanging off your nose?…..

M- Stop horsing around and turn the heat up again!

C- You’re crazy! It’s a sauna in here…

M- I’m still cold!….

C- Then go to Florida!….

M- I will! Right now….

C- I’ll book your flight. Ugh! What are you a reptile??

M – thanks for listening everyone! Bye bye!

C- Bye bye!


FRIGID: very cold temperatures. EXAMPLE: ‘’Be sure to wear a warm winter coat today, as well as a scarf & thick gloves. The temperature is below zero degrees and it’s positively FRIGID outside!’’
FREEZING: The temperature at which water turns from liquid to solid ice. 0 degrees Celius. 32 degrees Farenheit . Commonly used to describe the feeling of being very cold. EXAMPLE: ‘’Turn up the thermostat! It’s freezing in here!’’ or ‘’ I’m going to put on another sweater, I’m freezing!
OVERCAST: A cloudy, gray sky. EXAMPLE: ‘’We wanted to watch the solar eclipse yesterday, but it was impossible due to an overcast sky.’’
DRIZZLING : Light rain. EXAMPLE: “It’s just drizzling outside right now but maybe it’s better to take your umbrella with you just in case the rain becomes heavier.
TO RAIN CATS AND DOGS: Very heavy rain. EXAMPLE: ‘’The airplane delayed its departure due to heavy rain. It had been raining cats and dogs all day and the bad weather had caused many airport delays.’’ or ‘’Be very careful while driving- it’s raining cats & dogs outside!”
THE FOG IS SO THICK YOU COULD CUT IT WITH A KNIFE: An expression to describe very thick fog with limited visibility. EXAMPLE: ‘’It took me 2 hours to drive home from work! I had to drive very slowly because the fog was incredibly thick- you could cut it with a knife!’’
DUSTING: A light coating of snow. ‘’Pay attention and drive slowly on your way to work this morning, we had a dusting of snow last night and the roads may be slippery.’’
A BLANKET OF SNOW / TO BE BLANKETED IN SNOW: A thick covering of snow. EXAMPLE: ‘’School is delayed 2 hours this morning. The entire city received a blanket of snow last night and maintenance crews are working hard to clean, plow and spread salt on the roads.’’
TO BE BURIED IN SNOW: Completely covered in snow. EXAMPLE: ‘’The little town at the base of the mountain was buried in snow due to an avalanche that occurred overnight.’’
ICICLES: Spikes of solid ice that occur from melting snow (off the edge of a rooftop for example). The snow melts, drips, re-freezes and causes a build-up of solid ice in the shape of a pointed spike. Icicles can be quite dangerous when they become long, heavy and dislodge themselves from great heights. Be careful not to be standing under icicles when they begin to melt!

HURRICANES: Powerful cyclonic destructive storms that form over warm seas.

BLISTERING HOT: Extreme heat.


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