Mixed messagesMay 1, 2012
This was last Friday’s weather forecast: ‘Cloudy with patchy light rain’. However, the forecast and the images just don’t match. The lesson here for technical communicators: Make sure your messages are consistent, be they via text or images.
The image on the far left indicates rain, and a fair bit of it (if it’s light rain or occasional showers, they use a different symbol).
But it’s the radar image, which covers the entire south-west of Western Australia, that tells the real story. Lighter green is ‘rain’, darker green is heavier rain. There’s nothing ‘patchy’ or ‘light’ about the radar image.
So, do I trust the forecast, the left image or the radar image? I’ll go with the radar as it’s updated every 10 minutes!
And yes, that temperature is hot for us for late April when we should be in the middle of autumn and heading into winter; the day before was 29C, which is even hotter.