Despite popular depictions of our fair city, it does not constantly rain in Seattle. Thus, it's important to many to know, will it rain tomorrow? To answer this question, professional weather forecasters make predictions using their expertise in conjunction with extensive data and sophisticated numerical models. Sometimes, they even agree with each other and with what actually happens. How well can you predict rain on your own with a data-driven approach, using only a calendar and a look outside? The answer may surprise you.
Richard Johnson is currently studying climate change and its regional impacts. In the past he has taught oceanography, developed medical instrumentation, and even (gasp!) done research related to fracking. He is the author of the occasionally best-selling Elements of MATLAB Style. Richard's 1 hour presentation will be followed by a Q&A.