Pat Shingleton: "An Umbrella... For Openers..."
Prepare for lots of umbrella use into the weekend. Umbrella comes from the Latin word umbra meaning shade and was used in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greeze and Ancient Rome. The oldest reference to the umbrella in China dates to the year 21 CE and the King of Siam in 1687 gifted them to his subjects. As noted in a previous column, Ambient Devices markets an umbrella with rain alerts. The Forecasting Umbrella's handle flashes within 12 hours of an approaching shower. Data from Accuweather.com activates the umbrella's sensors and can differentiate between storms, with fast flashes to slow flashes for sprinkles. Just like any ordinary umbrella, you must manually raise the battery operated umbrella to activate the process which could be bad luck.