Brainteaser: Seven-letter Word

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Ol' Jay burst into the BRI during a winter storm. "Man, it's really coming down out there, but this stormy weather reminds me of a seven-letter word. Each time you remove one letter, you have another common word; remove another letter and you have another word. You don't even have to rearrange the letters. It works all the way down until you're left with one letter, which is also a word." What is the seven-letter word?

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I misinterpreted the question and thought that each letter had to be taken off of the end of the word, not just somewhere out of it. I did come up with a word that fit, but I am having trouble finding a definition for it, so I'm not so sure it would fit into the story very well. It is a valid Scrabble word, though.

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