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Weather's closing in

Posted by Lotg on December 12, 2003

The current weather where I live has been extremely stormy for the last few days. But for some brief moments we've received glimmers of sunshine.

This morning started out dreary, then the sun shone briefly. As the heavy clouds came over again, my partner said, the 'weather's closing in'.

I've heard this often enough, but it's an odd thing to say really. ie. Weather is a generic word which covers all types of weather, inclement, fine, dry, wet, hot, cold, whatever. So to begin with, why do we know and assume that when such a comment is made, that the 'weather' being described will be stormy, and why 'closing in'?