"Light Rain? WHAT LIGHT RAIN?!?"

2007
Apr
27

Continuing problems with my Cabal Internet connection have made updating the blog somewhat difficult… in the ‘passing a camel through the eye of a needle’ kind of difficult. Fortunately, I have had plenty of neglected Real Life issues to deal with, helping to keep my will to live down to a manageable level. But I’m not going to blog about any of them right now. Right now, it’s almost 80 degrees at Wendell Castle in the mini-outskirts of San Luis Obispo, Californium, which means at least 7 to 8 degrees warmer inside Wendell Castle. I have yet to figure out exactly what this building is made out of, but I suspect Global Warming could be delayed by several years if they tore it down. Unfortunately, I have 6 months left on my current lease.

Anyway, here I am, baking in the Central California Sun and, in an act of certified masochism, web surfing on a hot laptop, keeping my lap warm enough to guarantee my sterility for the next year, and I come across this little graphic from Weather.com:
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WHAT?!?

Light rain? LIGHT RAIN? I survey the skies around my current location (one nice thing about the boondocks is the ample quantity of available sky). Not a cloud to be seen, let alone Light Rain! Look at the forecast below the mysterious rain report. Tonight, Clear. Tomorrow, Sunny, Warm. Foreseeable future, Sunny, Warm. Just Guessing Five Days Out, sunny, Warm.

I decide to go to Weather.com’s latest Web2.0WidgetGadgetBellAndWhistleDogAndPony feature, its Interactive Weather Map and it confirms what I’ve seen with my own eyes.
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No rain. The nearest clouds are several miles off shore and not getting any closer. (For your reference, my actual location is south of San Luis Obispo, just to the east of the ‘e’ in ‘Sycamore Springs’)

So why did Weather.com do this? Were they paid off by some envious East Coasters? Has the Weather Channel been acquired by NewsCorp, thus making their definition of ‘weather’ as unrelated to reality as their definition of ‘news’? Or did some dude at the official SLO Weather Station spill his Mountain Dew into the rain gauge?

This calls for some Citizen Journalism. I’m going to remove the hot laptop from my warm lap and go out and investigate. Be back soon.

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