Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 15, 2007

How many different ways can you say it?

Yesterday, I wore a raincoat to work because they said it was going to rain. It was sunny and about 60. They said today was going to be sunny by the afternoon, so I didn't wear a jacket or raincoat, and it's raining.

Spring and fall sees our most unstable weather in the Pacific Northwest, but you'd think with all the fancy schmancy doppler radar, computers and other meteorology toys, that the meteorologists would be able to at least get the forecast right on a day-to-day basis. You'd also think the fact that we are sitting on the edge of the continent would make it really easy to see what's coming.

What really makes me laugh are the different ways they have to describe "rain" when they do their forecasts. We have: Rain, Showers, A Few Showers, Rain at Times, Light Showers, Light Steady Rain, Scattered nauseum.

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  1. Well,maybe it is like what they say about Eskimos...they have dozens of words for "snow",depending on type.We have dozens of words for "heat" and "humidity".Except for rain,we could be having the same forecast,in terms of temps here for next week.

    Today it was 80...tomorrow it will start warm and get colder as the day goes on.Next week it will only be 60 the warmest day....spring is always so strange here!

  2. Anonymous9:46 PM


    this time of year is always so unstable. i wish it would just do one thing instead of flip-flop.

  3. hahaha! I luv this post jojo! "you'd think it'd be easy to see what's coming" you're very funny:) and weather men are the easiest targets!

  4. Rain At Times....Could they be anymore Vague?

    That's like Nebraska in summer...Thunderstorms...Heavy Thunderstorms...Damaging Thunderstorms...Slight risk of Thunnderstorms....Thundershowers.

    Get back to me when you've made up your mind!

  5. Anonymous8:05 AM

    Feels like spring in the UK too, but apparently winter is making a comeback this weekend :0(

  6. All I know is, here in P.E., you dress for Winter in the morning, with skimpy Summer clothes underneath, because our meteorologists have a different problem....they make the correct forecast, but it only happens 6 days after!!! :-)

  7. Don't forget our wonderful weatherman, Michael Fish, who assured a woman who called saying she had heard there was a hurricane on the way, "Don't worry, there isn't" just hours before our 1987 hurricane hit! 20 years on they still talk about it!

  8. Anonymous5:50 PM

    We have the Vermont variation of that forecast; heavy snow, moderately heavy snow, snow, snowshowers, light snow, freezing rain, sleet, and of course when
    they don't know for sure-possible
    mixed precipitation!

  9. lol thats hilarious! that looks like my week this week