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Last days of spring will be dry
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Spring should turn to summer Wednesday without another speck of rain, forecasters said.

Storms and showers had kept Hall County in the wet for much of June, but now it’s dry and should stay that way through at least Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.
Make that dry and really warm.

Temperatures are expected to rise through the week, reaching 94 on Saturday.

By the weekend, a chance for rain sneaks back into the forecast. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms are in the outlook Friday and Saturday.

Overall, the Hall County area is faring pretty well in terms of precipitation, with a deficit so far this year of a little more than 3 inches, as recorded at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville.

A swath of North Hall is no longer experiencing drought, while the Gainesville area is still abnormally dry and South Hall is considered to be in moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Conditions also seem to be improving statewide.

At one time, most of Middle Georgia and South Georgia were in extreme or exceptional drought.

According to the latest drought report on Thursday, most of those regions have been downgraded to severe or moderate drought. Some coastal areas are completely out of the drought.

Lake Lanier, however, hasn’t seemed to have gotten a bounce out of the higher rainfall amounts — but neither is elevation rapidly dropping either.

Sunday, the North Georgia reservoir stood at 1,064.66 feet above sea level, or 6.34 feet below the summer full pool of 1,071 feet. One month ago, the lake was about 1 foot higher, at 1,065.02 feet.

At this time last year, Lanier was at 1,068.17 feet.

E. Patrick Robbins, spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Mobile district, suggested in an interview last week that rainfall was not having an impact on elevation because it was skirting the lake basin.

“The bulk of the rain has to fall at the north end of the lake to have much impact,” he said. “That’s where the drainage basin is.”

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