What Is The Difference Between 'Rain' And 'Showers'?

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By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Even though "showers" are indeed rain, there's a subtle but important distinction between the two as far as weather forecasts go.

When we call for "Rain" it is more of a widespread event. Most, if not all, of the area will see rain and it'll last for a while.

"Showers" are more scattered. That usually means that not everyone will be getting wet at the same time. It could be raining in Everett and Gig Harbor, but dry in Seattle. Plus, showers are much shorter in duration -- anywhere from a minute to an hour.

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