The Art of Asymmetric Weather Reporting

I am tickled by the skewed approach to releasing snow conditions information by major ski resorts. Whistler-Blackcomb is among the more avid practitioners of what we can call asymmetric weather reporting: Precipitation during below-freezing periods is snow, but precipitation during above-freezing periods is … something else. Case in point, here is the current Whistler snow report, where it is, sad to say, raining:

Forecast: Environment Canada
Precipitation, High Winds and Mild Temperatures

Precipitation, High Winds and Mild Temperatures

“Precipitation” is falling? I don’t know know about you, but I get a mental picture of Bartholemew Cubbins and a lot of ooblek.