Eat Indoors This Memorial Day Weekend Around Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier is the largest lake that’s entirely within Georgia.  Fifty-nine square miles of beauty.  Almost 700 miles of shoreline.  Unfortunately, most of Lanier will be wet according to the weather forecast.  Make reservations to eat indoors this Memorial Day Weekend!

D’oh! Rain Over Lake Lanier for the Memorial Day Weekend?

Let’s begin with the good news!  There’s only a 50% chance of rain over Lake Lanier on Friday afternoon.

Yes, the chance of rain goes up to 60% in the evening.  Sorry.

We’re looking at a 90% chance of rain on Saturday and 70% on Sunday.

Keep an eye on the skies and check back for the latest Lake Lanier Weather Forecast here.

Not sure what that “chance of rain” means?  Scroll down and take a few minutes (or days) and read how it is defined by   Then, rest for a while.

This holiday weekend is probably not the best time to happily float your boat on Lanier, but there are plenty of ways to have fun on shore too.

This is where you can eat indoors this Memorial Day Weekend

Skogie’s on Lake Lanier

Skogie’s on Lake Lanier is like going to a friend’s house on the lake for a great meal with old friends.  It’s time to update this four-year-old story.

Everything’s better now, and it was great back then.  Burn your tuxedo, throw your wig in the lake and come as you are for delicious food anytime.

Pig Tales on Lake Lanier

My new favorite lakeside restaurant on Lanier.  Located at Aqualand Marina.  Expect excellent food, a great view and fun lakey people.

Fish Tales Restaurant

Pleasantly owned by the folks who run Pig Tales, Fish Tales is probably a better spot to stay dry if it’s really raining.  Not exactly the same food as Pig Tales.  Which type of cole slaw will you prefer?

marc at Chateau Elan

Wait!  Before you drown your wig and ditch your tuxedo, go to marc at Chateau Elan for fancy dishes that will confound the snippiest foodie you know.  You’ll hear nothing but praise for the meal’s presentation … unique recipes with unusual ingredients … mouth-watering meals … and marc for dessert.  Very indoors and safe from any monsoon the holiday weekend may throw at us.

And now.  As promised.  This is how our government defines a chance of rain.

How Does Weather.Gov Define a 40% Chance of Rain?

What does this “40 percent” mean? …will it rain 40 percent of the time? …will it rain over 40 percent of the area?

The “Probability of Precipitation” (PoP) describes the chance of precipitation occurring at any point you select in the area.

How do forecasters arrive at this value?

Mathematically, PoP is defined as follows:

PoP = C x A where “C” = the confidence that precipitation will occur somewhere in the forecast area, and where “A” = the percent of the area that will receive measurable precipitation, if it occurs at all.

So… in the case of the forecast above, if the forecaster knows precipitation is sure to occur ( confidence is 100% ), he/she is expressing how much of the area will receive measurable rain. ( PoP = “C” x “A” or “1” times “.4” which equals .4 or 40%.)

But, most of the time, the forecaster is expressing a combination of degree of confidence and areal coverage. If the forecaster is only 50% sure that precipitation will occur, and expects that, if it does occur, it will produce measurable rain over about 80 percent of the area, the PoP (chance of rain) is 40%. ( PoP = .5 x .8 which equals .4 or 40%. )

In either event, the correct way to interpret the forecast is: there is a 40 percent chance that rain will occur at any given point in the area.

No, I didn’t make that up.  Honest.

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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