A thunderstorm in hay-time may overthrow a ministry, and a slight average rise or fall of temperature may topple a throne; a shift in the storm-track can ruin an empire.
The rain was in spurts now merely a spatter, now a deluge as if someone were throwing buckets of water.
As man is conceived in the fierce onset of opposing natures, so also a storm begins in the clash of the dry cold air from the north and the mild moist air of the south. Like a person, a storm is a focus of activities, continuing and varying through a longer or shorter period of time, having a birth, youth, maturity, old age, and death. It moves; in a sense it reproduces its kind, and even takes in food, exhausts it of energy and castes out the wastes.
New storms sprung of the old are more like colonies than children....The life-cycle of a storm is like that of a nation which from apparent decadence is sometimes renewed into full vigor.
The storm was dying, but even in death it was great. The last front, close to a thousand miles in length, revolved like the spoke of a wheel about the storm center far at sea, hurled itself against the mountains. Great pines tossed wildly as the fierce wind-shift took them aback; thick branches snapped; whole trees went down.
Storms come and go, but there is always weather....Each one is different. There are big bluffers, and the sneaks, and the honest dependable ones. Some will sulk for days, and some will stab you in the back, and some walk out on you between night and morning, and some do exactly what you expect of them.
Each little storm starts out hopefully, but until it's all over, you can't say whether it was better than the ones that went before it or as good.
To everything there is a seasona time to be born and a time to die....Of storms also it is written, "This too shall pass away."
The storm had seemed some emperor of the air;actually it was only a puppet-king.
And in the end, it doesn't seem to make much difference. Every storm mixes up the air a bit. Sometimes it raises quite a hullabaloo. Then it's gone, and there you are in a high-pressure area just were you were before, with maybe another storm showing up on the edge of the map.