storm clouds

storm clouds

1. Dark, ominous-looking clouds indicative of an impending storm. Hurry back, there are storm clouds on the horizon.
2. Figuratively, anything that suggests impending trouble. I'm worried that all these visits by upper management mean that storm clouds are hovering over our department. The storm clouds of social upheaval are gathering over that country.
See also: cloud, storm
References in classic literature ?
Then all of a sudden, on Easter Monday, a warm wind sprang up, storm clouds swooped down, and for three days and three nights the warm, driving rain fell in streams.
Large drops of rain soon began to fall, and, as the storm clouds came sailing onward, others supplied the void they left behind and spread over all the sky.
Then thirteen hundred miles of desert solitudes; of limitless panoramas of bewildering perspective; of mimic cities, of pinnacled cathedrals, of massive fortresses, counterfeited in the eternal rocks and splendid with the crimson and gold of the setting sun; of dizzy altitudes among fog-wreathed peaks and never-melting snows, where thunders and lightnings and tempests warred magnificently at our feet and the storm clouds above swung their shredded banners in our very faces
Then Robin Hood gathered his band together in a close rank, with Will Stutely in the midst, and thus they moved slowly away toward Sherwood, and were gone, as a storm cloud moves away from the spot where a tempest has swept the land.
It grew like a storm cloud until once more it darkened the sky.
Of course, I am an ass," he observed, sombre as a storm cloud, "but still .
JIMMEDIA took this striking picture of two boats at Thurstaston, as storm clouds headed across West Kirby.
The pop heartthrob's painting, entitled Calvary, features a cross against a backdrop of storm clouds.
It was matched by a picture of ominous storm clouds in South Dakota, US, that won the nature category for Australian James Smart.
8DA followed YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Viaduct 9 Czech 10 Clove 11 Updates 12 Eli 13 Tidemark 16 Horrific 17 Cox 19 Cockier 21 Gunge 22 Radii 23 Enlists DOWN: 1 Evacuee 2 Palomino 3 Rune 4 Academic 5 Tent 6 Chasm 8 Tour de force 13 Terrific 14 Richness 15 Expense 18 Ochre 20 Coda 21 Gulp QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Storm clouds 8 Sew 9 Imp 11 America 12 Error 13 Lie 14 Ego 15 Injured 17 Arc 19 Iced 21 Rode 23 Idea 25 Soya 27 Not 29 Rehouse 31 Add 34 Paw 36 Dread 37 Outcome 38 Yam 39 Led 40 Wooden spoon DOWN: 1 Semi 2 Twee 3 Reigned 4 Clam up 5 Obese 6 Dire 7 Smog 8 Salsa 10 Proud 16 Die 18 Cry 20 Can 22 Oar 24 Desktop 25 Shady 26 Cocoon 28 Towed 30 Ended 32 Draw 33 Demo 34 Polo 35 Amen
Through the ingest of lightning and storm balloon data, our project aims to increase our ability to map water vapor and heat associated with condensation of water in hurricane storm clouds in the core of the storm.
This week's mini heatwave could make way for heavy downpours and storm clouds, as well as possible flooding across the North-east from 1pm, the Met Office has warned, with a 'severe' yellow warning in place until 11pm.
In the afternoon storm clouds will gather across western Bulgaria with occasional showers and thunderstorms.
Thunderstorms that bring lightening and snow usually occur when tall, narrow layers of storm clouds mixed with an updraft of warm, moist air rises 40,000 feet or more in the sky.
AS South Wales emerges blinking from a mercilessly wet winter and with some political experts warning of storm clouds gathering around the UK economy it can seem like the scene is set for a gloomy start to our springtime.