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Fri., Aug. 22, 2014, 9:35 a.m.

Why Ask Why?

I've often wondered why weather forecasters don't follow-up on an errant report by saying: Hey, I goofed. Take last night, for example -- puh-LEEZ. Mrs. O checked the weather online several times before we left for the North Idaho Fair. Zero percent chance of rain. Zero. Not 1%. Or 2%. Or 5%. Zero. I looked at those ha-huge clouds to the west last night, as we were leaving home, and said: Yeah, right. But I'm not a weatherman. So we headed to the fair. We were in the photo/arts barn when the first rain drops began falling on others' heads. Of course, that was simply a warning shot over the bow to the drenching rain that came 45 minutes or so later. Zero percent?

Question: How accurate do you consider weather reports, percentagewise?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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