Pleasant Temps, Slight Chance of Rain Predicted
By Will Johnson
GRAPELAND – It seems like every other year or so, Mother Nature sees just how much misery she can dish out during the Peanut Festival.
Some years, the temperatures have been in the 90s while still other years have seen the thermometer dip into the 40s and 50s. Recently, the Peanut Festival bug-a-boo has been rain … and lots of it.
In 2014, the parade was very nearly rained out while the events in the park were cut short by the precipitation.
Last year, a monsoon hit Grapeland as the park festivities were winding down. The heavy rainfall continued during the Peanut Queen’s Coronation and delayed the pageant as the Lorena Shoultz began to flood.
This year, however, the forecast is calling for cloudy to partly sunny skies with only a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday.
Despite the wet weather earlier this week, Wednesday’s forecast called for overcast skies with a high of 69 and a low of 47. The website, www.weather.com, indicated there was only a 10 percent chance of rain for the Wednesday bonfire, with winds out of the north at 13 mph.
Thursday night will be ideal to venture to the Grapeland City Park for Family Fun Night. The forecast is calling for a high of 72 and a low of 48 – with little to no chance of rain – ideal weather for a night out at the carnival.
It will be mostly sunny on Friday, Oct. 18 as the Grapeland Sandies get ready to take on the Lovelady Lions in the Sandies’ Homecoming game. The weather.com forecasters are calling for a high of 77 and a low of 61, with only a 10 percent chance of showers throughout the evening events.
The Saturday morning forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies with a low of 64 degrees and a slight (20 percent) chance of showers. The day will warm up to a pleasant 83 degrees as the chance of rain diminishes by the time the Peanut Queen’s Coronation kicks off.
Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.