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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 is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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