22 January, 2016
This is What's Trending Today.
The eastern part of the United States, from Tennessee all the way to Boston, is expected to receive some bad winter weather this weekend.
The morning program Today Show says 88 million people could be affected by the storm. It will deliver snow and high winds through Sunday.
Many people rush to grocery stores to buy supplies before a storm. The Atlantic wrote about the crowd psychology that inspires people to stock up on bread, milk and eggs.
As public transportation is closed for the weekend, drivers are also advised to stay off the roads.
Yes, there are lots of problems during a massive snowstorm. But people also like to have fun in the snow.
Here are some great examples of how snow can inspire creativity.
One artist uses the snow as his canvas, using his feet to stomp out amazing designs that can only be appreciated from above.
Another creative person used the snow that blew up against mailboxes to make some "ghostly" images.
But it would not be a snow storm on social media if some regions known for sunny weather did not poke fun at the suffering Americans are about to endure. An Italian travel agency posted a photo of woman sunbathing in the town of Vernazza, along with the message "stay warm."
And that's What's Trending Today.
I'm Dan Friedell.
Dan Friedell wrote this story for Learning English. Hai Do was the editor.
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Words in This Story
amazing – adj. causing great surprise or wonder : causing amazement
cone – n. a shape that has a pointed top and sides that form a circle at the bottom
endure – v. to deal with or accept (something unpleasant)
ghost – n. the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people
inspire – v. to make (someone) want to do something : to give (someone) an idea about what to do or create
sunbathe – v. to sit or lie in the light of the sun especially in order to make your skin darker
stomp – v. to put (your foot) down forcefully and noisily
psychology – n. the study of human behavior
region - n. area
canvas - n. a specially prepared piece of cloth on which a picture can be painted