We're starting to wind down for the year as everyone goes back to school or starts thinking fall. But, we've got two more weeks of peak season and this particular weekend is looking like it'll actually be the best one yet this year.
Water levels are great with tons of sandbars. Swimming will be good with water temps around 75 degrees. Mostly sunny and high temps forecasted in the mid to upper 70s with lows that are perfect for campfires and bundling up in a sleeping bag. To top it all off, should be light winds at your back. We've even still got a few boats left if you haven't already made a reservation. This weekend rates a solid 10 out of 10.
All in all we're looking at a fairly decent weekend. Spotty weather the next day or so here and across the state so we may again see a relatively small rise in water levels over the weekend but there is plenty of room to work with. As we're also getting late into the season, demand is starting to fall off and there will be fewer people out here than you'd see in late July or early August so competition for sandbars is relaxing as well.
Weatherwise, it's looking like we'll see a few shortwave troughs rolling through over the weekend so every day is looking at a generic 20% chance of storms but unlikely to be anything severe and total rainfall for the weekend is forecast to be well under an inch. That means, like every weekend, be prepared for the weather but expect the majority of the trip to be great. Highs in the upper 70s to mid 80s.
And if you're out this weekend, give a wave to the group of dads and their daughters. They'll be hard to miss as there's almost 60 of them. As a father of one little lady and soon another, this group is one of my personal favorites this year.
Update: 12:18pm 8/8/19
A couple more storms happened up north Tuesday and Wednesday - we're not in danger of cancelling trips but it does mean we'll get that rise in water levels right over the weekend. We'll probably lose about 12" of sandbar leaving us near the 10-12kcfs range which means our large sandbars will become small to medium size sandbars. Still room for everyone, you might just have to share some of the larger ones - good thing you're all cool people.
Beyond that, looks like it'll be a great weekend with temps in the high 70s/low 80s, good sleeping weather, and light winds. Small (<20%) chance of a storm Sunday afternoon/evening (currently forecasting no rainfall).
We'll have a quick storm roll through early tonight (Monday) and after that, clear skies through the rest of the week and right past the weekend. Water levels will likely see a small rise during the week but sandbars are huge right now and plenty of room to add a few inches of water.
Temps are looking pretty reasonable as well with a small cold front Friday and Saturday with light winds which means the current forecast looks great for the weekend.