advancing rain

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kahroba, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. kahroba Senior Member

    Dear all
    Please tell me what's meant by "The rain advanced down the street..." in the following context from "Manhattan Transfer" by Dos Passos:
    Does it mean that the rain increased down the street?
  2. owlman5

    owlman5 Senior Member

    When I see that phrase, kahroba, it makes me think that the wind is pushing a cloud somewhere above the street. As the raincloud advances, the rain that falls from that cloud also advances. Portions of the street that were dryer before receive more rain and grow wetter.
  3. kahroba Senior Member

    Nice imagination dear owlman5.
  4. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    This seems to happen particularly with really heavy rain. It is often possible to observe torrential rain approach - especially in open country or at sea.
    I would expect a similar very obvious effect if a heavy rain shower arrived in a very dry street.
  5. kahroba Senior Member

    Thanks dear panj

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