NWS: Rain shouldn’t hurt July 4th plans

Published 2:16 am Saturday, July 1, 2017

If anyone is concerned about a wet Independence Day weekend, the National Weather Service says there should be no worries.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 50 percent chance for scattered showers in the later afternoon on Saturday, but a ridge of high pressure off of the Gulf Coast should keep the chances down for a lot rain. In the past week nearly two inches of rain has fallen in Andalusia.

The weekend will also be a warm one, with temperatures expected to range between the high 80s and low 90s.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain on Independence Day, but like the weekend, it is likely to come in scattered showers late in the afternoon.

Covington County has already received between 8 and 9 inches of rain in the last two weeks.

In June, the water stations operated by the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow River Watershed Management Agency show more than 12 inches of rain was recorded in June.

That’s nearly three times the amount that was recorded in June 2016, where 4.4 inches was recorded, and the highest amount of rainfall recorded in June in the last decade.

So far in 2017, there has been 43.19 inches recorded at Yellow River at Hwy. 84.

With six months left in the year, that’s on track to beat last year’s 54.24 inches at the same station.