As the author of “Weather Wednesday,” I try to make the forecast as clear, comprehensive, and accurate as possible. It is for those reasons that I do not use percentages while forecasting the week ahead. Instead I use the words; stray, isolated, scattered, and numerous. The reason I have chosen these key words is because I feel like sometimes people may misinterpret percentages. Meteorologists use percentages in terms of coverage, not the chances YOU will see rain. For example, I am from the Corpus Christi area and a few years ago in April we had a 30% chance of rain… ultimately meaning that 30% of the area would likely see rain. Doesn’t seem very likely, right? Well on that day, we saw more rain than we did any other day throughout that year, 4.25.” That being said, I feel like using key words rather than numerical values does the forecast more justice and gives the audience a better understanding of the weather.
Rain Chances Increase for the Weekend:
In this week’s “Weather Wednesday” article, I expressed that this weekend we had the possibility of having scattered showers and thunderstorms in the area. The latest computer models have indicated that the probability of rain has increased, particularly for Sunday. So here is the update weekend forecast.
|Mostly cloudy skies and hot. A stray shower is possible throughout the day.|
|Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the day. Rain could be heavy at times.|
|Numerous showers and thunderstorms are possible during the day. Some thunderstorms in the area may be strong at times. Be prepared for outdoor activities to potentially be interrupted. Scattered showers are possible overnight.|
San Marcos is located where the I-35 label is set on this map. This map indicates that San Marcos may receive anywhere between 1.5- 2.5” of rain through Saturday night. Please note amounts at the end of the weekend will be greater. Map courtesy of YNN Austin.