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Mild weather may be short-lived

POSTED: July 21, 2008 5:00 a.m.
SCOTT ROGERS/The Times

Sidney Cochran, 9, hands a customer a glass of lemonade and a cookie after making the sale along Ridgewood Avenue on Wednesday afternoon as she and her brother, Wade, 4, offer the treats to pedestrians and drivers at their lemonade stand.

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It’s summer in Georgia and with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, some entrepreneurial youngsters are taking advantage of the heat to sell lemonade.

Temperatures should remain in the mid to upper 80s for the rest of the week but will climb this weekend, said Rob Handel, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"It’s going to be a toasty weekend with highs in the mid 90s by Sunday," Handel said.

It seems temperatures have been all over the board this summer, but meteorologist Matt Sena said weather in Georgia has stayed consistent with past summers so far.

"Overall patterns are not looking out of normal," Sena said. "All in all it’s been a little dry to near normal."

Georgia has received a decent amount of rain so far this summer, but because of the rain deficit earlier this year, "we’re still playing catchup," Sena said.

While recent rains have been like a breath of fresh air to Northeast Georgia, greening up lawns and bringing wilting plants back to life, they have done little for Lake Lanier.

On Wednesday Lanier stood at 1,055.89 feet above sea level, which is 15.11 feet below its normal full pool.

"It’s really indicative of how dry it is. Much of the water is being held by the soil," state climatologist David Stooksbury said Monday. "July is one of our wetter months, but moisture loss due to evaporation and plant use is so great during July that soils still have a tendency to dry out."

Despite playing catchup, the more rain the better for the lake.

Handel said the possibility of rain Saturday and Sunday is small, but there is a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday.

"Mostly sunny skies are expected through Thursday," Handel said.



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