Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor (kistaro) wrote,
Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor


I've been out here eleven months and three days (one month from now is the anniversary of my first day at Microsoft) and I still haven't gotten used to the weather patterns. I guess it'll take a few years.

I knew when I moved to expect frequent rain. What I didn't expect was a shift in the definitions of "rain"; specifically, everything's been shifted down a notch. What I would call "wet fog" is a "mist". What I would call "mist" is "a drizzle". "A drizzle", as far as I'm concerned, gets identified as "rain". By the time it's actually "rain"ing, it's a storm, while what I would call a decent "storm" worthy of the name qualifies as a "statewide emergency", complete with flooding and closed highways. Which shows a lot about how the infrastructures of different cities are set up for different weather; St. Louis gets a few roads closed on occasion from moderate storms, but not major highways. It takes a severe thunderstorm to shut those down, and I haven't seen one of those out here yet.

To be honest, I kind of miss it. I do like the cooler temperatures and frequent precipitation, but that frequency is made up for by a disappointing lack of intensity, at least most of the time.

What I'm really not used to is one variety of "rain" I never got much of in the Midwest- that of the soaking drizzle. The rain is falling gently enough that it is indeed a drizzle; the formal meteorological difference between rain and a drizzle is not quantity of water over time, but the size of individual droplets. Subjectively, it feels like a drizzle, there's just a lot of it. I'm not used to a drizzle that does leave me as wet as a decent rainstorm. That could, I suppose, reasonably be called "rain", but it's not the only kind of drizzle called "rain"...

Either way, it makes for a wet morning. I'm glad I have a good raincoat; unfortunately, my pants are soaked. Such are the tribulations of bicycle people.

In unrelated news, I find it amusing how many people have, apparently, chased me over to Twitter- at least three new accounts of people who read here have been established since I set mine up.
Tags: life, rain

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