Friday, November 03, 2006

Fall Forecast


This is a fairly typical fall forecast in Utopia. Click to embiggen. I particularly like the distinguishing between heavy rain and lots of rain. They say that the Inuit have 20+ words for snow. I think Northwesterners have at least that many ways of talking about liquid precipitation. Mist, drizzle, sprinkles, showers, rain, downpour, etc. All of which can be modified with adjectives like light, moderate, scattered, heavy, "lots of", and torrential. Fish and I have actually heard TV weather forecasters call for "heavy mist."

5 comments:

Writer Chica said...

This reminds me of a story my grad advisor told me about her trip to Australia. While at a restuarant in Australia, she and her husband casually asked their waitress what the weather was supposed to be like that day. A very typical and acceptable question in the Midwest. However, this frazzled their poor waitress because apparently the weather is pretty much the same down under and they don't focus on it as much as we do. The waitress enlisted the help of her manager and other wait staff to find out about the weather. I think they finally found a weather map in a newspaper. It showed the entire continent of Australia and said something like 70's and scattered rain.

Sonnjea B said...

Here in southern California, we average 12-13 inches of rain per year. Something like a "heavy mist" elicits "Live Team Coverage" on the nightly news, with reporters stationed throughout the region, showing water flowing through gutters.

Propter Doc said...

Your weather looks alot like my weather! Rain. Lots of Rain. I think we've had 80mm in the last 24 hours.

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for the heavy mist, followed by a freeze, where I live. This week it has been cold, clear, and frosty. Perfect bike riding weather.

Anonymous said...

I made the reverse move you did, from Seattle and California, to Chicago. I still cannot believe the variation in weather here. This week we had a high around 70 one day and 48 the next. The weather report commented that the 70 day was likely the warmest it will be in the next 4 months. (I'd guess longer). I still go back to Seattle a couple of times a year. The Pacific Northwest grows larger slugs, is all I can say. And they don't know how to drive in snow. The region will grow on you (like moss).