The 8 Types Of People You Meet When It Rains Elizabeth Entenman

You know that expression, “There’s a change in the weather”? Okay, maybe it’s a Kinks song. Either way, whenever the weather changes, people change along with it. And when that change is a rainstorm, things get particularly ugly.

The rain brings out the best – or worst – in all of us. There’s something about it that makes us react instantly, and in an extreme way. If we’re happy, mad, annoyed, inconvenienced – it shows. If you want to see someone’s true colors at the drop of a hat, do a rain dance, grab a rain machine or mutter the phrase, “I think it’s supposed to rain later” in a crowded elevator. Ready? These are the eight types of people you see when it starts to rain.

1. The Person Who Doesn’t Have an Umbrella

Why not? Umbrellas are so hot right now. And seriously, it takes less than 10 seconds to check the weather. Just look outside every morning before you go to work. Or crack a window. Or turn on the TV. Or open an app. Or ask your roommate. You didn’t even try, in so many ways. Which leads me to…

2. The Person Wearing White

There’s always one person (read: female) wearing white during a torrential downpour. I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I hate to say it, but in most cases it seems like they’ve done it on purpose. There’s no other explanation. Will someone please prove me wrong?

3. The Person Who Knows Everything About Weather

I’m not talking about the person that says, “I love to stay inside and snuggle up with a book on a rainy day!” because yeah, I’m pretty sure we’d all love to be doing that when the skies are gray. I’m talking about the person who relates weather severity levels to colors and knows how to read the Doppler and knows there are different types of clouds, and is about to share their insights with you. They paid for a weather app, y’all. This is not a drill.

4. The Person Who Turns Everything Into an Umbrella

Briefcase. Newspaper. Stray cat. Nothing is off limits for this guy! They may not have checked the weather report, but no chance they’re going to let the skies win.

5. The Person Who Gives Up

You have to feel sorry for them, but you also have to respect them. They’ve surrendered the comfort of dry socks, and they’re paying for it. Chances are it’s the end of the workday, they’re done impressing people and they aren’t about to let a little rain stand between them and DVRed episodes of Homeland. And I say ‘they’, but the people who give up are usually males. Girls don’t give in quite as easily, because of things like leather shoes and dry clean only.

6. The Person Who Should Give Up

Hey, flipped umbrella girl. I see you struggling with that upside down contraption. Sometimes, umbrellas give up. When this happens, you should, too. Instead of attempting to invert it back to life, just wrap it back up (if you can), shove it in your bag and make a run for it. If it’s one of the cheap ones, toss it and vow to get a new one. The harder you try to fix it, the wetter you’re going to get. Shh. Just let it go.

7. The Person Who Waits It Out

“It’ll pass. When it’s raining this hard, that means it’s almost over.” Thanks for the tip, Channel 4. Sometimes the rain passes, sometimes it doesn’t, but this person’s faith is unwavering and therefore respectable (albeit a little annoying).

8. The Person Who Is Terrified

“Didn’t you see Twister?!” It’s raining. Even when there are strong winds and gray skies, you’re probably going to be fine. What are the odds of you ending up of the 9 ‘o clock news for getting struck by lightning or swept away in a flash flood, really? You’ll be fine, but only if you stop the nonsense. When the sky turns that unsettlingly clear green color, we can talk.

The beauty of this list is for the most part, you can play a different role on a storm-by-storm basis. Which type will you be next time?

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  1. You forgot: The person who holds the umbrella over the dog.

  2. Disappointed. You forgot MY type of rain people. The ones who get excited and run around/dance/skip in it. Doesn’t matter if it’s the middle of the work day. If I’m on break, I am out in the rain.

  3. Is there anyone, besides the writer of this article, who actually checks the weather forecast every day? I only ever check it before going on holiday… And I can’t bring myself to carry an umbrella – if I put it in my purse it’s heavy, if I carry it in my hand it gets in the way. I hate umbrellas more than I hate getting wet.

  4. The writer has obviously never lived where I have lived. When it rains here the men are usually the ones wearing the white shirts and it is the women who are the ones to give up in the rain.

  5. Love the dry humor here! I’ve seen all these types.. In fact, I always feel bad for the woman in the white shirt or the person with the upturned umbrella.. it’s like a train wreck and you can’t help but stare (and thank God its not you)!! Then of course, there are those of us that love rain, despise umbrellas & know that no matter how hard we try, once our hair hits the humidity, its game over, so why fight it?

  6. You forgot about 10. The person who looks like a loon.

    I love love love rain and get the huge “I´m a five year old girl again” grin on my face. Even if its really bad timing and my hairdye is streaming down my face, I just feel so happy and the more it pours down the happier I get :D

    • LOVE THE RAIN!!!!!!Yes!That grin that grows bigger when someone sees you smiling because they’ll think you are crazy! Epic smile! Umbrella or not I love the rain :p

  7. I don’t recall meeting any rainyday people recently. But I have noticed the “Christmas People” though. They tend to ignore the weather completely. They only come out right before Christmas, and you never see them again during the rest of the year. They wear the strangest things to the mall – pajamas, sandals, shorts – but with Christmas colors and bows. They are very festive and fashionable in the style of ‘Chez Oompah Loompah.’ – very sheik.

  8. The writer obviously didn’t realize that although native Portlanders and Seattlites are often a type one (person who doesn’t have an umbrella), we don’t use umbrellas because we don’t seem to mind the inclement weather (they are, after all, the rainiest cities in the country)… heck, I don’t even own an umbrella. We just have jackets and coats with hoods.

  9. The person who wrote this article has never lived in the Northeastern U.S., where weather apps can’t even tell when it’s raining that very second, or predicts the high will be 60 when it already hit 80.

  10. My favourite part about this unnecessarily mean spirited article is the comments. Thanks for being positive guys!
    And I’m with the ones in a rain coat enjoying the puddles!

  11. This article comes off as a bit ‘jerk-ish’ in several ways. How can a person predict the day’s weather by simply looking at the sky before leaving the house, or opening a window. And I know how to read the Doppler because I took 5 minutes to learn how. I know there are different types of clouds because I paid attention in school. Never once paid for a weather app, either. I once had a partner with an irrational fear of storms and bad weather, but I never would have ridiculed her for it. It’s not like she did it on purpose. About the person wearing white in the rain… How can you say that she must have worn white so that she would intentionally get wet? People sometimes wear white, and weather is unpredictable.

    I notice that above the “Leave a Reply” text, maintaining positive conversations is suggested. I think this website should lead by example with a positive article. I get that humor is the intent here, but this article is a bit mean-spirited and pokes fun at quite a few people. And the funny doesn’t ever really come.

    Just my two cents.

  12. Why umbrellas suck: an extra thing to carry, only protects your hair from the rain because rain NEVER just falls straight down…it falls at an angle. And when everyone else has an umbrella and is standing next to you, the rain falls just perfectly on to you! You forgot to list the savvy girl who rocks it in the rain, she’s the one wearing the hooded rain coat and rain boots and can’t be phased by the rain because she’s prepared.

  13. A couple of weeks ago I was on the subway after it had poured rain, when I looked up and saw number 2. She was wearing a white dress, soaked right through, and get this, hot pink underwear. There were also plenty of seats for her to rest her weary, soaking heart, but instead she chose to stand up, exposing every last part of her soaking wet ensemble.

    I’d have to agree with you when you say some of these people do it on purpose. This woman has made that quite obvious.

  14. As I recently bespattered from Grand Central to 56th street in the pouring rain I was struck by, among a plethora of other semi-gelatinous goobers, the spontaneous deconstruction of what I always accepted, for better or worse, as fundamental to the city–a system of New York social, financial and racial castes. Nonetheless, as I took cover within a small entranceway I found myself welcomed into an impromptu, incredibly demographically diverse caste made up of “have-nots”–have not umbrellas that is.

    The small group into which I was quickly assimilated and warmly welcomed was made up of what appeared to be a wet, suited (not wetsuited) business woman, a steaming street person and a boggy, bewildered tourist. It came as no surprise, at least to me, that the most comfortable among us appeared to be my new smelly friend squatting just to my right at my feet. While we all watched the ‘haves’ trot by at full out New York pace on route, no doubt, to some gathering of dry people, our wet ragtag group commiserated and, with the passing of each umbrella, grew more congenial.

    Perhaps just five minutes but in that time there existed only two castes in the city, the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’.

  15. #9. Me. The person without an umbrella because it’s totally going to let up and doesn’t want to carry an umbrella once it stops and/or think it’s fun to walk/run in the rain to celebrate the fun/to wallow in self pity.


  17. I agree with some of the comments below. Not a huge fan of the tone in the body of this article, and it could have been so funny!
    And as a Seattlite, I do not use an umbrella. But I have invested in a wonderful rain coat as with most of the people who live in my region. Acknowledge the other ways to be prepared for inclement weather – it’s easy to not be sexist and say smart things instead.

  18. “Just look outside every morning before you go to work. Or crack a window. Or turn on the TV. Or open an app.”

    Um, how about you try living in a place where it’s sunny one minute, then rains VERY hard for the next five minutes, then becomes sunny again for the rest of the day. OR try living in a place where it can rain across the street from you but not necessarily where you are and you try predicting the weather there.

    A Florida girl

  19. What about the people you find with their pant-legs rolled up, ankle deep in puddles, splashing water at whoever walks past them, with huge smiles on their faces?
    I hang with those people.

  20. What about the person who decides to play out in the rain? Because I’m definitely that girl.