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Weather vs whether

Weather is the condition of the atmosphere at a certain place during a certain time. Weather includes temperature, humidity, wind, clouds, etc. Weather may also mean unpleasant conditions, such as a storm. Weather may be used as an adjective to mean exposed to weather, or the side from which the wind blows, usually meaning the windward side of a ship. When used as a transitive verb, weather means to leave something at the mercy of the elements, to erode or disintegrate because of exposure to weather, weather also means to come through something safely. Weather may be used as an intransitive verb to mean becoming worn away or aged because of being left to the mercy of the elements. Related words are weathers, weathered and weathering. Weatherize means to treat a building with insulation and storm windows against the cold. Weather comes from the Old English weder, meaning air, sky, breeze, storm, tempest.

Whether is a conjunction used when implying doubt or a choice between alternatives. Whether comes from the Old English hwaeder meaning which of two.

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Examples

When you pull up the weather forecast on your smartphone or check online to see if a storm is coming tomorrow, you likely have a Seattle company to thank for the predictions. (The Columbus Dispatch)

The unstable weather pattern across the American Southwest persists, and so do the postponements to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 20th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons. (The Albuquerque Journal)

WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, who suffered a concussion in April, is ready to wrestle again, but doctors are split on whether that’s a good idea or not. (The Washington POst)

The Pentagon is grappling with whether the U.S. should use military force to protect U.S. trained and equipped Syrian rebels now that they may be the targets of Russian airstrikes. (The POrtland Press Herald)

 

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