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Find weather forecasting confusing? You're not alone

SEATTLE, Wash. - Researchers at the University of Washington say only about half the people know what a weather forecast means when it predicts a 20 percent chance of rain.

A psychologist, Susan Joslyn, and colleagues tested more than 450 college students and found may were confused. Some think it will rain over 20 percent of an area, others that it will rain 20 percent of the time.

It actually means it will rain on 20 percent of the days with those same atmospheric conditions.

The survey tests are reported in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

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