How do you know to cancel an event if the rain hasn't started yet?
July 15, 2012 6:55 AM Subscribe
When should you cancel an outdoor event because of rain? When the chance of rain is 50%? 75%? When there is a little lightning bolt in the picture?
posted by smirkyfodder to society & culture (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm responsible for an outdoor event today that involves 10 participants, five of whom are children without their guardians. It's a walking tour and there's not really an option for staying under cover. The participants are all traveling a bit to get to this event, from up to an hour away. The weather forecast for my area isn't looking that great, but I don't know if it's so not-great that I should cancel the event.
So, I guess this question is a two-parter. The first part is specific: should I cancel the event today? For the hours of the event, the forecasts I've checked out all say "scattered T-storms." The chance of rain is listed as either 40%, 50% or 60%, depending on where I'm looking. It's not raining now, but it's looking slightly grumpy out there.
The second part is more specific: How do you know whether you should cancel an event for rain? Is there any sort of rule of thumb?
This is a work event and I'm hoping not to make the wrong call so your help is much appreciated. Please let me know if you need any additional info. Thanks for your help!