Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster – The Weather

By Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor


Arid (adj.) a very dry climate

The Gobi desert is arid; it almost never rains there.

Aurora (n.) light created in the night by energy from the sun (often called the Northern Lights)

People in Alaska are often able to see spectacular light shows caused by the aurora.

Cloudburst (n.) a sudden heavy rainfall

In Seattle, there are often cloudbursts during the fall and winter when raindrops seem the size of quarters!

Cyclone (n.)  winds which swirl in a circle

In many flat places in America, like Kansas and Indiana, cyclones are common because the wind travels without a hindrance like a mountain range.

Dog days (n.) very hot summer weather

This past summer, the eastern part of the United States underwent many dog days.

Dusk (n.) the time when the sun begins to set to when it’s dark

The family gathered at dusk to watch the sunset.

Earthlight (n.) the light of the moon at night

With earthlight, we can often spot the moon at night and see its many craters.

Eclipse (n.) the obscuring of one planet by another

In a solar eclipse, the moon covers the sun, and all we see is a bright orange ring during the day. 

Fathom (n.) a unit of measurement for the depth of the oceans

The Titanic is many fathoms under the sea.

Haze (n.) a suspension of fine dust and/or smoke particles in the air

On particularly hot days in Los Angeles, there’s often so much haze that it’s difficult to see the skyscrapers.