What's the difference between scattered and isolated showers?

Published: Jun. 7, 2018 at 12:29 AM EDT
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When it comes to showers and storms, we use probability of precipitation to develop the rain or snow "chances" (ex: 20%, 50%). However, the terms isolated, scattered and numerous are based off of those chances.

The term "isolated" refers to showers that are few and far between. WDBJ7 Meteorologists see isolated between 10% to 20% coverage.

"Scattered" refers to the range of 30% to 60% coverage. So, even with "scattered" showers, half or less of the neighborhoods are expected to "get wet."

When it comes to 60% and above, the terms most frequently used are "likely" and "numerous." At 90% to 100% coverage, we often simply say something like widespread or just rain or snow..