Rain, at last


Radio announcers faced with the challenge of reporting the weather seem unable to get beyond the simplistic paradigm “Hot and dry, good; rain, bad.” There must be a whole class on that in radio-announcer school.

Well, here’s the news, Mr or Ms radio announcer. Vancouver loves rain. It makes the trees and grass green, it washes away dirt, it freshens the air and it fills our reservoirs.

And it’s coming back after a long, parched summer that has stretched into October. Today’s weather forecast was anathema to radio announcers: starting on  Friday, we can expect “periods of rain”.

Time to celebrate the fact that we don’t live in a sun-baked climate where skin cancer and fundamentalist religion are endemic.

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About aharmlessdrudge

Way back during the late Bronze age -- actually it was the 1950s -- all of us in high school had to take a vocational test to determine our interests and, supposedly, our future careers. I cannot remember the outcome, but I do recall one question that gave me pause. "If you were to win a Nobel prize, would it be in literature or in physics?" I hesitated over the question: although I enjoyed mathematics and science more than English class, I did have a couple of unfinished (and very bad) novels hidden away at home. I cannot remember what I chose back then, but the dilemma followed me to university, where I switched from mathematics to English and -- after a five-year stint in journalism -- back to mathematics. I recently retired as a professor of statistics. Retirement. What a good chance to revive my literary ambitions. I have finished a novel -- more about that in good time -- and a rubble of drafts of articles about mathematics and statistics is taking up space on my hard disk.
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