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It being quite common to use umbrellas as protection against rain, why is their use against sunlight and snowfall unheard of?

Asked by ragingloli (51265points) November 2nd, 2017
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Both seem to be reasonable applications for the existing tool.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I see them in use in sunny weather every single day. I can look out my office window right now and see some. 100% guaranteed. They are even sold with a UV reflective material on the top.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Snow mostly brushes off you onto the ground.

Jeruba's avatar

Where I live in California, it’s not uncommon to see umbrellas used as parasols on sunny days. And then, of course, there are parasols—not common here, but hardly a novel idea.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Parasols used to be quite common.

Snow doesn’t make you wet, really. However, I don’t mind getting wet.

zenvelo's avatar

I see people use them for shade and protection from sun all the time.

They are generally not strong enough for snow, which will accumulate on the umbrella. However, I have used an umbrella in snow.

By the way, umbrella is derived from “umbra”, menaing shade.

LuckyGuy's avatar

In Japan it is common to see umbrellas used to block sunlight.

Umbrellas are not popular here – even for rain. I don’t really understand it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Don’t see many around here either. Mostly used by old ladies who spend hours a week at the hair dressers.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Yes. It is called a parasol.^lol I didn’t read the answers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

People use umbrellas on beaches. Most patio tables have hole in the middle for a large umbrella.

dabbler's avatar

If it isn’t windy I will use an umbrella in moderate to heavy snow, it helps a great deal with visibility, more than a hood or hat.
I would be walking and expect the snow will slough easily and not accumulate. Done it every winter a few times at least.

seawulf575's avatar

If I go to the beach, there are many umbrellas in use.

Kardamom's avatar

I’m in California. Umbrellas get used often here for sun. Especially for those of us who burn easily and have skin cancer in the family.

It almost never rains here.

flutherother's avatar

I sometimes use an umbrella in sleet or heavy snow. For sunny weather I prefer a hat and sunscreen.

AshlynM's avatar

I’ve seen people use it for shade from the sun all the time.

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