Many in the area had their Independence Day plans changed this year due to steady rains throughout the holiday weekend.
And the wet pattern isn’t expected to change soon, according to forecasters.
“Looking at least at the next seven days, we have at least a chance (of rain) in the forecast for Gainesville each day,” Kent McMullen, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said Saturday.
Monday could bring another full day of rain. The rain chances will diminish by midweek with a chance for sunshine by next weekend.
“Just based on the probabilities of rain, I would say Friday and Saturday you’ll probably see more sun than what we have seen in the past few days,” McMullen said.
The forecast presents only a 30 percent chance on Friday and Saturday. No clear days are presented in the immediate forecast.
Almost 3½ inches of rain has been recorded since midnight Thursday at the NWS recording station at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport. Some 1.54 inches were measured as of 10 p.m. Saturday.
Shoppers at the farmer’s market on the square in Gainesville on Friday were excited to finally have a short break from the rain and get outside to enjoy the summer. It only lasted a few hours though — the rain proceeded to pour before the market could close for the evening.
One shopper, Raegan Gallagher, invited family over for the holiday weekend, only to have her plans shifted by the persistent rain Thursday.
“It’s just been raining a lot,” Gallagher said Friday. “We stayed inside the whole time. (But) we could hear some fireworks.”
Gallagher said that regarding the rain, enough is enough.
“We’re ready for the rain to stop,” Gallagher said.
Others at the market were not quite as affected on Thursday. Richard Hester said his plans weren’t changed because he cooked out under a covered deck. However he could use a break from the rain, he said.
“We’d like for it to lighten up a little,” Hester said. “It’s kind of hard on the golf course.”
Some are taking the amount of rain into perspective. Ginny Early, another shopper on the square said Friday that her family made do for their holiday and is grateful for the ample amount of rain.
“We played in the rain all day,” Early said. “We had a lot of fun.”
She said it would be nice to see some sun, but overall the rain is a good thing.
“(We want the rain to stop) a little bit, but I feel selfish saying that because you look at Colorado and Arizona with their huge fires, and I’m going to be thankful for the rain,” Early said.
One positive effect of the wet weather: It has made for a safe weekend on Lake Lanier. The Department of Natural Resources reported no boating incidents or accidents of any kind through the holiday weekend, as of Saturday night.