Steve Pool has been a weather forecaster for a TV station in Seattle, Washington for over 30 years now. The Emerald City is known for it’s annual rain festival, which lasts from January 1 – December 31st. As you can imagine, it didn’t get the seemingly endless evergreens or the nickname by staying dry and sunny most of the time. Given the uphill nature of Steve’s job, you’d think he would consider a career change at some point. Maybe he could try something a little less thankless, like being a brake mechanic in the Alps. Yet every time I catch the 6 o’clock news, there he is with his perky smile spinning tales about skies that give day trippers hope, yet offer those looking to cancel plans on account of the weather a solid way out.
His message is generally the same–it will rain some, but possibly not on you. He liberally uses classic northwest weather phrases such as “scattered showers”, “partly cloudy” and “partly sunny”. These words may indeed have specific meteorological definitions, but I suspect they are just our version of the glass half full vs. half empty.
However clever, I’m not sure I would bet on Steve in a contest for ‘covering the most bases in one meteorological sentence’ if he was up against the local forecasters here in Lincolnshire. Although they are equally vague, you tend to come away feeling as if they have been quite specific. Maybe it’s just the accent that gets me.
Here are some of my favorites compiled from recent forecasts. See if you can decide what you would wear.
Cloudy with spits and spots of rain about during the morning. Some more persistent, locally heavier rain will come along during the afternoon and evening.
Remaining rather cold. Showers at first Wednesday, perhaps wintry on the highest hills, with some sunshine. Mostly cloudy for Thursday and Friday, with rain at times.
Sunny intervals and a few scattered showers, though some places will stay dry. It will also stay quite windy and mild.
Rain easing and clearing for a time, but further rain spreading up from the south before the night is over. Some of the rain becoming heavy.
Staying unsettled and often cloudy and windy, with some rain from time to time but also staying generally quite mild.
Staying generally cloudy, very mild and quite breezy. Further rain is expected for a time overnight before giving way to drier, clearer conditions towards dawn.
So the good news is, my personal motto can remain the same–never leave home in less than three layers.