The 10 Degrees Of Rain In The PNW

The 10 Degrees Of Rain In The PNW

"Different terms for the crazy PNW weather, because 'rain' just doesnt cut it."

As I write this, I am in beautiful San Diego, and when you think of California, you probably think of the hot sun. As I bask in the heat, I can't help but contrast it with the cold of home. And when I say cold, I mean rain. It rains so much in Washington State that we have more than a few terms for it. Yet, they just have one here in California... Rain. So, without further ado, here are the 10 most popular terms we use for rain in the PNW:

1. Overcast.

Now, you wouldn't think to use this one for rain, but we Pacific Northwesterners think of just that. To be overcast means the rain may or may not show up; Washington weather is fickle. In the morning it could be pouring down rain, but by the afternoon the sky could be clear and the sun could be out. Five minutes later, the sky is overcast again. It's always an adventure, I say.

2. Mist.

Now let me explain to those not from the PNW: mist feels like hardly anything. You feel a slight breeze that barely wets your skin, but it's so immensely different from our downpours that it needs its own term.

3. Drizzle.

The water is picking up a bit now, and tiny little drops fall on your head. It may mess up your hair a bit, but it doesn't do too much damage.

4. Sprinkle.

You can really feel the water now. The drops are slightly larger, but you still don't need to put up your hood up quite yet. If you see someone wearing a hood while it's sprinkling, they aren't from here.

5. Rain.

Now here is where we get to the point most people think about (except Californians, but I'll get to that). The water drops are a nice medium size. Put your hood on when the rain is at this stage, but don't open umbrellas. Umbrellas are another tell-tale sign you aren't from here.

6. Showers.

This means the water drops are a larger size, falling pretty quickly and there are a lot of them, like the stream of water when you take a shower. Hood up or not, you are getting wet. Umbrellas are encouraged at this point.

7. Pouring.

The water drops are the same size as showers, but they come down much faster. If you're outside, get inside quickly, unless being soaked all day is something you are into.

8. Monsoon.

This term isn't as common in the PNW, but it can still apply. When the winds are blowing while it's raining, we call it a monsoon. We can thank the many Native Americans who live here for that term.

9. Torrential downpour.

If it is a torrential downpour, just stay at home. If you must go out, don't do your hair or makeup, and wear a hat; you're bound to get soaked to the bone. This amount of rain is what Californians call rain.

10. Flood.

We use this term when it's raining so hard it is literally flooding. You may think this is an exaggeration, but it's not. We're in Washington.

So there you have it. Ten terms for the crazy PNW weather, because "rain" just doesn't cut it.


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It's ignorant, it's presumptive, and mostly, it's rude.

I try to avoid the topic of children as much as possible with people because half the time, I'm looked at as if I'm some heartless witch for saying I'm not really fond of them.

There's no rhyme or reason as to why I feel this way. I've grown up in a kid friendly home, I'm not an only child, and my extended family is littered with children of all ages. But for me, kids are annoying and I don't like them. I don't want them.

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No.

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I get this response quite often. Mostly - no, especially – from women! I'm expected to take on this motherly persona in which I burst into tears at the sight of a three month old wearing a cute outfit or when I see a four year old make a funny face. I'm expected to feel the inherent desire to coddle someone when they cry. I have to want kids because if I don't, what am I going to do later in life?

The truth is, I don't feel that pang in my heart that makes me excited to start a family. I don't day dream about what my kids names will be. I don't have baby fever. I don't know if I ever will.

All I know is that I'm 22 years old right now. I have graduated college. I have gained merits from organizations and professors. I have friends who I like to spend time with. I have had my fair share of failed and successful relationships. I continue to strive for the best for me at this current time.

I plan on going to graduate school. I plan on starting my career. I plan on marrying someday, not any time soon. I plan on traveling like no other. I plan on eating new foods, drinking new wines, exploring new activities. I plan on getting a kick-ass apartment or house in the city of my dreams. I plan on spending my days doing what I want, when I want. I don't see what's so wrong with that.

Besides, whether or not I want a kid is irrelevant. I know this because notice in the paragraph above, the main concept is "me, me, me."

I am obviously not ready to even entertain the idea of a kid, let alone am I ready for an actual tiny human at any time. Why? Because I am selfish.

Selfish has been made to be such a dirty word. Of course, in the traditional sense, selfish isn't a good thing to be. But in this case, I think my selfishness is justified because it's my life, my body, and my choice. I'm young! I want to do what I want to do and then when I feel I've done it all, I'll think about kids.

Who knows? When I'm 30, I could very well change my mind. I could decide out of the blue to birth 7 of those monsters, but who are you to tell me "Oh, you'll change your mind" when I tell you that I'm not interested in having kids?

How can I give life to something when I can hardly remind myself to eat breakfast in the morning? What reason would I have behind having a child when I can't afford one? Why would I want a kid when more often than not, I don't even know what I want to do with my free time? I'm young. I change my mind at the drop of a hat. That's what I'm supposed to do. Why would anyone expect me to know when I want to get married, have kids, or settle down?

"You won't feel fulfilled."

"What about your family?"

"What will you do with your life if you don't have kids?"

"If you wait too long, you'll be sorry. The biological clock is ticking!"

If you feel the need to say any of these phrases to anyone ever, just pause for a second and think about how your comments will affect the person you're speaking to. No two people are the same and if someone says they don't want to have kids, then maybe it's for the best that you two agree to disagree on the topic.

And again, who knows what the future holds? I could change my mind. Or I could not.

I could save all my money and live a kick-ass life with my future husband, family, and friends. I could eat all the sushi and soft cheese I want. I could drink all the wine I want. I could work out the way I want. I could travel where I want. I could work where and as much as I want. I could own as many pets as I want. I could do whatever I want.

A life of complete freedom. Now that would be fulfilling.

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