Calm before the storm

The calm before the storm is an idiom that has skyrocketed in popularity since the twentieth century. We will examine the meaning of the idiom calm before the storm, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

The calm before the storm is a period of peace that occurs before a time of conflict. The calm before the storm is a time of unease, because one believes that an outbreak of difficulty is imminent. The expression calm before the storm is most probably derived from a bit of seafaring folklore; however, the idiom calm before the storm only came into popular use in the mid-1800s, and it exploded in the twentieth century. There may be some scientific truth in the phrase calm before the storm. The weather in advance of a storm may indeed be calm, because the advancing storm is pulling warm, moist air out of the atmosphere, leaving a vacuum. In recent times, the calm before the storm has often been used to describe the time before one of the world wars.


“The calm before the storm,” wrote Firmo, describing the photos of a clear sky over Legaspi City, Albay that he uploaded on his Facebook account. (Sun Star)

The Bay Area is forecast to have the driest humidity levels, the strongest winds, and highest wildfire risk of the year Sunday night, but this morning the region saw the calm before the storm. (San Francisco Chronicle)

CBTS stands for ‘calm before the storm,’ and WWG1WGA stands for ‘Where we go one, we go all,’ which has become an expression of solidarity among Q followers.” (Christian Post)

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