It’s All In The Wording

I have a difficult time translating the weather forecasters here in New England. Let me demonstrate what I mean.

Wednesday
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 2pm and 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
I translate that to say it gonna rain, then it’s gonna rain some more and finally it’s gonna rain again, all in a row. Why don’t they just say it’s going to rain all day today? LOL
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4 thoughts on “It’s All In The Wording

    • I actually use a local weather service in the neighborhood. I’m located in Uxbridge, MA away from the coast and Boston. Our weather is different from the big city but the volunteers that run this weather service for the little owns around me are a tad bit weird. At least they’re more accurate being so localized.

  1. Went downtown Portland yesterday and the weatherman I listened to said could’t. Need not worry about rain. Well, it didn’t exactly rain, but had enough that there were many umbrellas. I has none. Not even a rain hat, but didn’t melt.

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