Word of the Day: impending


The word impending has appeared in 249 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 29 in “As Storms Intensify, the Job of TV Weather Person Gets More Serious” by Marc Tracy:

“During the weathercast, you generally want to give people what they’re looking for at that moment,” said Jeff Berardelli, who moved to NBC’s Tampa affiliate in November after time as a national meteorologist for CBS News. “But when the opportunity presents itself, I will put it into its climate context.”

In an article on Friday about the weekend’s impending snowstorm in the Northeast, Mr. Berardelli reported that warming waters off the Northeast were probably the cause of far more frequent major winter weather events. The Tampa Bay area is also getting a share of extreme weather, with freezing temperatures expected on Sunday, which Mr. Berardelli said could be related to the storm a thousand miles away.

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