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Old 05-17-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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My family was going to visit ATL this Saturday for a 4 day visit but the forecast is for scattered thunderstorms
What is rain like this time of year in your city? Does it go on all day or do you have a big downpour for an hour or two and followed by periods of sunshine? Has it been cloudy all day?

Are there lots of rain covers in the following attractions?

Aquarium
Atlanta History Center
Botanical Garden
Stone Mountain
Zoo Atlanta

Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Dunwoody,GA
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Aquarium and History Center are indoors, so no problem there. Not much shade or cover at the others. Rain can be hit or miss. If it's raining, include World of Coke and College Football Hall of Fame on your list. Children's Museum too if you have young ones.
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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The Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta History Center are largely indoors, so you should be OK with those. The others are largely outdoors. Of those, I would think that Stone Mountain would be the most exposed to the elements.

It looks like we will be dealing largely with pop-up thunderstorms this weekend, so yes, you might see some sun or at least partly cloudy weather without rain as well.

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:46 PM
 
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A lot of times in the summer you will get "summer storms" that only last a couple hours then the sun will come back out.
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:21 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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Right now there's a stream of tropical moisture heading straight up through the southeast. It's humid, but it's not hot, so better than in midsummer! It's been mostly cloudy lately, some peeks of sun coming through, and rain has been hit or miss depending on where you are. Right now, I hear some thunder and see it's downpouring to my west, but not doing anything here. I wouldn't say your outdoor plans should be completely ruined, and all of those locations that are outdoors have areas you can duck into for the quick downpours if you happen to get stuck in one. Just buy a poncho :-)
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Old 05-17-2018, 06:55 PM
 
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Rain in the forecast means that at least one drop of rain will fall from the sky that day. It doesn't mean it will rain the entire day
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:04 PM
 
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This time of year is hit or miss. Usually when summer kicks in we get scattered thunder storms. If we have patches where there is not a lot of rain - it gets really hot. The weather system that rolled in does occur from time to time. If you look at this chart it gives you an idea. Last summer was really rainy; the summer before was not so much:

https://www.weather.gov/ffc/rainfall_scorecard
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Old 05-18-2018, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Georgia
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Rain in the forecast means that at least one drop of rain will fall from the sky that day. It doesn't mean it will rain the entire day
This. And the hit or miss nature of it (as someone else mentioned) makes it frustrating for forecasters and people planning around it is the spottiness of it.

Just last night, the Braves game was postponed because it rained for 2 straight hours at Suntrust Park. However, just 7-8 miles away in Brookhaven not even a drop fell. Sometimes a storm can develop and collapse over an area causing flash flooding, while just a few miles away it never rains at all that day and people say "the weatherman was wrong".
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:38 AM
 
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Sun is out. Congrats! You canceled your trip for nothing
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Old 05-18-2018, 12:01 PM
 
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Sun is out. Congrats! You canceled your trip for nothing
We all know that just because the sun is bright in shiny in one area of Atlanta doesn't necessarily mean another part of it isn't getting a Monsoon.

As for the OP: Summers in Atlanta are typically scattered showers and high humidity. It doesn't look dismal or dreary..but there are almost always clouds in the sky and there will almost always be atleast 2 days out of the week or more where it will rain. Most of them wont be heavy down pours but Atlanta actually receives more annual precipitation than Seattle.
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