It happened last night.
A weak cold front was supposed to pass through, and wasn't expected to produce much of anything as far as rain goes.
In fact, the front was barely kicking up any line of clouds.
As the evening wore on, the chance of precipitation was dropped from the forecasts, as the National Weather Service kept referring to this as a moisture starved front.
Then, just before the eleven o'clock news ended, the front arrived. Local radar indicated some showers in eastern Washington county, and nothing much until down in Meigs county, where showers again started up.
But at 11:25 p.m. the front ran into some slightly more humid air over Parkersburg, and rain started. Heavy rain, that continued for at least five minutes. It faded to light drizzle, and all the roads were wet. But the rain was over.
So how do we record this? Weatherman's error? Over confidence? Mother nature refusing to cooperate?
The rain was confined to roughly Belpre and Parkersburg.
I know, cause I rode my motorcycle after the rain stopped, and noted that the wet roads stopped pretty close to the Athens county line.
I was lucky. Every where I went, people kept commenting that it must be dry tonight, as I removed my helmet. I agreed, but I eventually got caught.
Though I wasn't soaked, my bike was. And by the time I got home, my shoes and socks were wet from the splash of the tires.
Just don't rub it in. I gambled, and I lost last night. But I'll bet you didn't get wet, snug in your bed by the time the front came through.
I just played the odds, and last night, I lost. A five minute downpour isn't bad. It just wasn't expected.