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2009 rainfall has been close to normal so far
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Rain, or at least some dreary skies, could be hanging around the next few days.

"There’s a frontal boundary over us, and there’s been some upper-level disturbances that are basically riding the front out to the northeast," said Jessica Fieux, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

A low-pressure weather system moving from Alabama pounded the area last week, dumping 1.37 inches on the area Friday.

And then Sunday, thunderstorms swept through the area, with Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville recording 0.14 inches of rain, according to the weather service.

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, the area has received 3.68 inches of rain this month, just shy of the normal 3.83 inches, according to AccuWeather.com.

Year to date, the area had received 36.18 inches, compared to the normal 37.39 inches.

A 40 percent chance of showers is in the forecast for today, with as much as a quarter-inch of rain in some areas, the weather service predicted Sunday.

The chance for rain, either showers or drizzle, drops to 20 percent through Thursday.

Cooler temperatures also are
expected through the week, with highs in the upper 70s, a serious drop from the 90-degree weather earlier in the month.

The recent rainfall is helping Lake Lanier, but not in large amounts.

The lake has risen by a few inches since Thursday, with the elevation still far off the full-pool mark of 1,071 feet above sea level.

Late Sunday afternoon, the lake was at 1,064.7 feet, compared to 1,064.52 feet on Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The lake has seen plenty of fluctuations in elevation since October, the start of the federal fiscal year. Levels have been as low as 1,051 feet in November and as high as 1,066.71 feet on June 17.

The area experienced a wet winter and early spring, but conditions turned bone dry as the summer progressed.

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