Question.

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So, this is the forecast for Indy this weekend. Nice, right?  But can someone please explain to me the nuances between “mostly sunny” and “partly cloudy” and “mostly cloudy” and “partly sunny?”

I’m looking at the Saturday forecast that says mostly sunny, which to me implies that there will be very few clouds.  And yet, there is more cloud cover in that picture than in the one for Sunday’s forecast, which says “partly cloudy.”  Wouldn’t you think that “mostly sunny” would have LESS cloud cover in the picture than “partly cloudy?” 

You can imagine, then, my total bewilderment about how much sun to expect tomorrow.   I mean, if I’m to believe the picture, then there’s going to be a lot of clouds.  And yet the description reads, “mostly sunny.”  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH IS IT?

If I were in charge of weather descriptions and weather pictures, I would establish a rule that you could never again use the word “partly” to describe the weather.  Only “mostly.”  That way, if it’s going to be “mostly sunny” people know that for the most part, they can expect a good deal of sun, but they might see a cloud or too.  And if it’s going to be “mostly cloudy” then they’ll know that the sun may only peek out once or twice during the day.  These “partly’s” are totally throwing me for a loop, and the pictures only exacerbate the problem.

Then again, it’s Indiana, so it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that it could snow tomorrow.

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  • mga

    blame it on al gore and global warming.

    he apparently has everyone as confused as himself.

  • JAMIE

    YOURE FROM INDIANA!? NO WAY! I JUST STARTED LOOKING AT YOUR SITE EVERYDAY A COUPLE WEEKS AGO.. THANKS TO MY STEP MOM… I LOVE IT EVEN MORE NOW THAT I KNOW YOU ARE A HOOSIER!

    YAY!

  • Kathy

    Speaking of weather forecasts here in Indiana, I’m sick of the weathermen predicting rain, then it doesn’t rain. Or they predict a sunny day and then it rains. Why don’t they just say they don’t know!! Their Doplar Radars are as good as flipping a coin. Glad I got that off my chest.

  • meganyore

    i hate it when they do that. wtf. gotta love mid-west weather reports. thats why i moved to california. where the forecast is SUN.
    and in the winter the forecast is RAIN. we dont have seasons here.

  • Kami

    Georgia is no better. It seems they can’t predict the weather very well here as it seems the state is going through it’s own version of Menopause. Sigh.