“This weather is like Seattle,” he says.
“You been to Seattle?” she asks.
“No,” he replies.
It’s amazing what conversations you hear again and again on the metro and in the streets. What he meant to say is that Seattle is known to have days of drizzle, gloominess, and 50 degree temperatures. But misperception has given Seattle a bad name when in reality the weather “is pretty great.”
Similes cut corners – X is like Y because it does these things – trading association with activity. Unfortunately, similes (and metaphors) also help people communicate and learn.
Everything is its own. Nature in particular is subtle.