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Shower risk? Threat of rain?

The weather forecast in The Union says there’s a shower risk and a threat of rain. Is rain really a threat and showers a risk?

It’s raining right now and I feel pretty good. Got a fire going and I don’t have to wash the car. I don’t feel at risk or threatened. My wife wants me to stack some wood, but I told her it was too risky and she hasn’t threatened me . . . yet.

Risk to me is jumping off a tall building with a parachute. Risk is flying in an airplane with me (I only know how to take off). Risk is eating a crazy cow from Canada. A threat is somebody telling you they are going to punch you in the face. A threat is imminent danger or harm. Terrorism is a risk and a threat.



We’ve got plenty of stuff to think about that’s pretty important right now; worrying about a little rain shouldn’t be one of them. So give us a break, you old prognosticator you, and let’s go back to “chance of rain,” or “possibility of rain.” How about sprinkle? That’s a friendly little word. Something not so foreboding would be nice.

David C. Forsythe




Nevada City

Editor’s note: Our forecasters have heard you, and such words will be used in the future only in the most dire conditions.


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