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Ask Todd: Rain percentages

10:17 PM, Aug 16, 2012   |    comments
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This Ask Todd is going to settle a disagreement between friends.

Stephanie asks: "My friend and I have a disagreement. When your weekly planner shows 80%, I thought that meant 80% chance of rain. But my friend says it means 80% of the WBIR coverage area will get rain. Can you answer this?"

That's a great question. We hear it often and it's always good to get a little refresher.

Stephanie, congratulations. You win that disagreement.

When you hear 80% of any other number, that means there is an 80% chance of rain at any point during the day in the Channel 10 viewing area, and those percentages go for rain, sunshine and snow.

Here's a little more on the numbers.

- A 10% probability is a slight chance. Basically isolated or none.
- A 20% probability means a slight chance, but still isolated.
- A 30 to 50% probability means scattered.
- A 60 to 70% probability translates into likely.
- An 80 to 100% percent means it is happening.

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