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minus • a while • monsoon
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  1. It rains almost every day during season.
  2. In the movie Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's house is picked up by a .
  3. It was a loud , but we didn't get much rain.
  4. We used to see each other every day, but now I only see her once in .
  5. He loves cold weather, so even zero days don't really bother him.
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1197 Extreme Weather

Valeria talks about different types of weather you can face in Argentina.

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minus zero

You can have minus zero temperatures in winter.

A temperature that is 'minus zero' is below zero or in negative digits. Notice the following:

  1. Once the temperature is minus zero, it's not fun to be outside anymore.
  2. It's horrible to have car trouble in minus zero weather.

once in a while

Once in a while there will be a thunderstorm.

'Once in a while' is a frequency phrase that means 'occasionally.' Notice the following:

  1. I try to only eat fast food once in a while.
  2. Even in the winter, it's important to get outside once in a while.


We don't have El Niño and monsoons.

A 'monsoon' is the seasonal winds of areas around the Indian ocean that usually carry heavy rains. Notice the following:

  1. That was my first experience with a monsoon.
  2. Monsoon season is the worst time to travel in this part of the country.


What happens when you get thunderstorms?

A 'thunderstorm' is a rainstorm that has thunder and lightning. The thunder is the loud sound that you hear during these storms. Thunderstorms usually happen when hot and cold air meet. Notice the following:

  1. There are many thunderstorms around here in the spring.
  2. Did you hear the thunderstorm last night?


I experienced a twister when I was a kid.

A 'twister' is another name for a tornado, which is a powerful cyclone of wind that can be very destructive. Notice the following:

  1. All the schools in this area have to do emergency practices for twisters.
  2. There are many movies about twisters.