Word of the Week: Unwetter

Aug 19, 2016

Unwetter Enlarge image (© www.Germany.info / Nicole Glass) As we all know, Germans have a word for everything. The German word for weather is Wetter, but what would you use to describe really bad weather - the type that makes you run for cover? Unwetter, of course!

Literally translated, this word means "un-weather". It describes severe weather such as detrimental storms that may cause flooding, downed power lines, broken branches and any other damage. It can also describe sleet, hail or rain that lasts for many weeks. The term is used to describe any sort of weather condition that is particularly unpleasant or damaging. Even though summer in Germany is often beautiful, there can also be downpours and thunderstorms that keep people from going outside. Some German towns have even experienced severe flooding during summer storms. In such cases, you may hear Germans talking about the terrible Unwetter outside.

Unwetter Enlarge image (© www.colourbox.com) In the German mindset, the word Wetter is way too tame to describe that sort of weather. Weather describes your average day. The word Unwetter is better suited for storms. So if you find yourself running for cover as black clouds come your way, know that you are running from the looming Unwetter.

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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