In my current situation I can feel the probably well known sensation that a thunderstorm is approaching. When everything goes dark and cold and you simply just feel that a storm is coming. Having been on the dictionary of obscure sorrows I'm pretty sure there is a word for this, but I simply cannot find it.

Is there a single word for the feeling that a (thunder)storm is approaching? If not, is there any better way to express this feeling than simply saying "I feel a storm approaching"?

Edit: the feeling I am describing isn't negative but rather a feeling of excitement or tension

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This is a sense of heightened anticipation for any stimulus expected anxiously, whether real or imagined.

Definition of anticipation, Collins English Dictionary, 12th Ed:]1

  1. the act of anticipating; expectation, premonition, or foresight
  • Its less of a feeling of impending doom but rather a tingling sensation, more like excitement or tension, definitely not anxiety though
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 17:55

I have a premonition, or a feeling of foreboding

  • premonition (noun) - "a presentiment of the future, a foreboding, a warning in advance"

  • foreboding noun - "a sense of impending evil or misfortune"

Edit: The OP says the word or phrase shouldn't have a negative connotation. I therefore suggest "a feeling of apprehension"

  • I should have probably mentioned its not a negative feeling, its rather a feeling of excitement
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 18:02
  • @7H3_H4CK3R "an approaching thunderstorm" sounds pretty negative to me.
    – Centaurus
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 18:07
  • to those who dislike thunderstorms that is. I identify as a ceraunophile, a person who loves lightning and thunder
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 18:10
  • This is far too general; the general question (a feeling that something bad is about to happen) would be a duplicate. Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 22:06

I do not really know if this will help you. From a scientific perspective you may want to look up or google "infrasound"

Infrasound is what is thought to be heard by many animals, that alerts them to storms.

Other words that came to mind - goosebumps, premonition, hair rising on the back your neck. Some type of sixth sense or extrasensory "feeling"

  • I was more trying to describe the feeling that it causes, but nonetheless its interesting to know that infrasound is the cause of this.
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Commented Mar 9, 2017 at 18:16

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