2. A severe commotion or disturbance, especially an emotional upheaval about something that is not very important: While setting the table for guests for the Jacob's birthday dinner, there arose a heated "tempest in a teapot” about whether to use paper napkins or cloth napkins, which was certainly a trivial issue to say the least!
3. Etymology: from Latin tempestas, from tempus, "time, season".
The Latin word originally meant "period of time", which evolved into "weather" and, finally, "storm". Tempus resulted in a neutral condition as "weather", and provided the word for "weather" in modern French (temps), Italian (tempo), Spanish (tiempo), and Romanian (timp).
Other languages whose word for "weather" came from a term originally denoting "time" include Russian (pogodo), Polish (czas), Czech (pocasi), Latvian (laiks), and Breton (amzer).