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Recent rain boosts Lake Lanier’s level

POSTED: July 14, 2012 11:55 p.m.

Lake Lanier appears to be on the rebound after the rainfall in the Gainesville area over the last few days.

The lake’s level fell as low as 1,063.48 feet above sea level in the 7:15 p.m. reading last Tuesday, but had rebounded to 1,063.66 feet as of 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The level reached as high as 1,063.69 feet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, but bobbed down and back up until reaching 1,063.63 feet in the 10:15 p.m. reading on Saturday.

Rain rolled into the area Thursday morning after midnight, with slightly more than an inch falling before 7 a.m. Another half-inch-plus fell between 4 p.m. Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday.

“We had an upper-level trough over the area,” said Trisha Palmer, forecaster with the National Weather Service. “We got a deep moisture feed from the tropics, (and) the sea breeze moved much farther inland than usual,” producing the rainfall.

Precipitation may be harder to come by in the coming week, as the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain through Tuesday, dipping to a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night. Chances of rain bounce back up to 30 percent Wednesday, falling to 20 percent Wednesday night.

Chances of showers and thunderstorms climb to 40 percent Thursday and Friday but are 30 percent Thursday night and 20 percent Friday night.

“We’ve got an upper level ridge coming in, so we’re going to see much more of a summertime pattern,” Palmer said, where only pop-up showers are likely to break the hot, dry weather.

High temperatures for the coming week are expected to be in the upper 80s to low 90s, with lows in the low 70s.
There is a chance the conditions that produced the rain Thursday and Friday could return by next weekend, Palmer said.

“Possibly by next weekend, some of our models show a lot of moisture building in,” she said, “but that’s six or seven days out.”


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