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Inches of rainfall; wind speed -- these are technically accurate statistics that describe a storm but they are not readily grasped; e.g. how much exactly is 1 1/2 inches of rain?
However, we have all had the experience of seeing discarded, tattered umbrellas dotting the streets after a heavy rainstorm,
so I propose that DUMP (Discarded Umbrellas per Million People) be adopted as a quick measurement which encompasses all the qualities of a storm: The amount of rain, wind speed, and duration of the storm. Quick estimates of the number of dead umbrellas can be made by surveying and extrapolation to the population of the whole city.
||I was gonna go on a rant about how daft of you it
was to anthropocentrify the weather (I was given a
similar bashing when I tried to make a Rage Index for
mother nature based on deaths) and lack an
absolute scale (a raging storm in the middle of
nowhere gets no points, poor guy), but really does
anybody talk about storms that don't hit people?
||It's not a stable indicator, what if there was a sale of cheap umbrellas at Mister Lee's Discount on Main St?
||To confuse the French, obviously.