... it's never too far from rain. Schools are cancelled, kids rush out to play... in the slush. Grown-ups have to work. News professionals adopt their serious, civic-minded voices as they urge extreme caution for anyone who needs to go out (on clear or only slightly wet roads). By mid-afternoon, most teenagers wind up at the mall, and the snow has usually changed to rain. This week, drenching rain, enough to flood the basement with rising groundwater. Not a terrible flood, thanks to some of the repairs we made last year, but a definite nuisance.