Views #756 | Low-Intermediate 4

Changing Weather

Tim talks about changes in the weather he has noticed in his local area.

Jeff: So you do winter camping and the place you live, do you get a lot of snow there?

Tim: We get quite a bit of snow but it's mostly just up in the mountains.

Jeff: So, lately there's been a lot of talk about global warming. So where you live, do you find that you can see the affects global warming, say with less snow?

Tim: I think you can. I think there's been less snow. That is not quite as noticeable as the glaciers that are on the mountains have gotten smaller and smaller, so I think there has been less snow although it's not real noticeable cause ski resorts are still open and there's still snow out there but to snow shoe but every summer the glaciers seem to be getting smaller and smaller.

Jeff: So you are about - what - 35 now?

Tim: Ah, younger than that actually.

Jeff: Really. So in your thirties, but when you were a boy, when you were young like 5 or 6 and you were playing in the snow, was there more snow back then?

Tim: I think there probably was. One thing is - I told you the snow is in the mountain - and there used to be a lot more snow in the valley where I live and I can't remember the last time we got snow in the valley.

Jeff: Really! So global warming, you think may be is getting worse?

Tim: I would say so. I think one of the biggest affects is we seem to be getting more rain actually. The weather patterns have switched a little bit and it seems like it's been dumping rain. There's been more flooding, so we're actually getting more rain and less snow.

Jeff: Oh, really. OK. Interesting.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!

global warming

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Do you find that you can see the effects of global warming, say with less snow.

'Global warming' is a scientific phenomenon which involves an increased average temperature of the earth.

Notice the following:

  1. We studied global warming in school.
  2. What do you think about global warming?

not quite as

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It is not quite as noticeable as the glaciers that are on the mountains.

'Not quite as' is use to compare two things that are very similar in size or intensity. Here, Tim is saying that the smaller glaciers are more noticeable than a decrease in the amount of snow.

Notice the following:

  1. It is not quite as noisy, now that the neighbors have moved out.
  2. It is not quite as far as you might think.

there used to be

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There used to be a lot more snow in the valley where I live.

'There used to be' means that in the past something was a certain way, but that is not longer so.

Notice the following:

  1. There used to be so many nice shops in the town, but most of them have closed down now.
  2. He said that there used to be a good cafe on the main street.

I can't remember the last time

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I can't remember the last time we got snow in the valley.

'I can't remember the last time' means that you are unable to recall the most recent occurrence of something. We frequently use this phrase to show that the last time something happened was a really long time ago.

Notice the following:

    1. She said that she could not remember the last time she went out dancing.    
2. I can't remember the last time I was on a diet.

it's been dumping rain

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The weather patterns have switched a little bit and it seems like it's been dumping rain.

'It's been dumping rain' means that it has been raining very heavily.

Notice the following:

  1. Make sure that you take your umbrella, as it has been dumping rain all day.
  2. I don't want to drive home tonight. It's been dumping with rain all day, and the roads will be quite dangerous.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
warming • not quite • used to be
remember • dumping
  1. I can't the last time I saw you.
  2. It's hard to believe that it has been rain without stopping for the last three days.
  3. He's as smart as he thinks he is.
  4. This whole area a forest.
  5. Global will cause very big problems for animals.