WASHINGTON -- AlertDC, the District of Columbia government's system to dispatch weather, traffic, crime and other emergency advisories via text messages and email, can often relay very helpful and timely information to the public "during a major crisis or emergency."

But then there are some head-scratching AlertDC advisories that prompt the question: Was that really necessary?

Sunday evening, an AlertDC advisory was sent out about light rain.


dcalerts
NWS reports through 7 PM a few areas of sprinkles or patchy light rain will affect DC and surrounding jurisdictio...

If you click through to the full message, it reads:

National Weather Service reports through 7 PM a few areas of sprinkles or patchy light rain will affect DC and surrounding jurisdictions. Precipitation accumulation if any will be very light perhaps enough to dampen the ground.

This prompted a few responses from AlertDC subscribers.


Dave Stroup
Ok, DC Alerts, there's a few things wrong with this "Severe Weather Alert."


Mr. T in DC
Severe light sprinkles in a few areas, take cover!


Shani O. Hilton
D.C. emergency text alert: "Sprinkles or patchy light rain .. if any will be very light to dampen the ground." THANK YOU


Ryan
Hey , I don't think the word "alert" means what you think it means.

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