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Weather events in our region and why they happen

Sensible weather

Forecasters sometimes use the term, and it might raise your eyebrows. Really? Isn’t that a contradiction? Can anyone describe the crazy weather patterns we are experiencing as “sensible?"

Of course, it is yet another of the wonderful mysteries of our language — a homophone, or words which are spelled the same and pronounced the same but have different meanings. In this case it does not describe weather which makes logical sense but rather the weather that we can observe using our senses. Temperature, humidity, sunny or cloudy skies, wind, rain are all sensible features of the weather today and every day. Items such as the height or thickness of clouds, what’s going on in the stratosphere, and perhaps barometric pressure (with the exception of some folks whose joint pain can be affected by rapid changes in this factor) are not sensible, although they are critical forecast components as well.

In short, a sensible weather forecast is what we will recognize is happening as we spend our day on the ground without the technical details. The accuracy of the forecast is fodder for another day’s blog.

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May 19, 2014
11:20 a.m.

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