En route from Chicago to Detroit, I have driven through many, many squalls.
However, I didn’t know the official term for it until my friend Heather told me over drinks.
squall—1. A strong wind characterized by a sudden onset, a duration of the order of minutes, and then a rather sudden decrease in speed.
in U.S. observational practice, a squall is reported only if a wind speed of 16 knots or higher is sustained for at least two minutes (thereby distinguishing it from a gust). See line squall, white squall, williwaw. 2. In nautical use, a severe local storm considered as a whole, that is, winds and cloud mass and (if any) precipitation, thunder and lightning.
Everyone hates them, that is for sure. But there is something that I am unsure about – why do we call them potholes?
First of all, not everyone calls them potholes, they are also known as kettles and chuckholes.
Second of all, if you read the definition of pothole, the reason it carries over to our roads is obvious:
a deep natural underground cavity formed by the erosion of rock, esp. by the action of water.
• a deep circular hole in a riverbed formed by the erosion of the rock by the rotation of stones in an eddy.
• a depression or hollow in a road surface caused by wear or subsidence.
• (also pothole lake) a pond in a natural hollow in the ground.