What is the difference between "rain" and "showers"?

This is kind of tricky. 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" (as in, "Rain at Times", "a rainy day", "Occasional rain") is a more 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 and Arlington. Plus, showers tend to be much shorter in duration -- anywhere from a minute to an hour.
 

And this would be showers and sunbreaks -- all at the same time!!!