Basin gets drizzled |

Basin gets drizzled

Gary Kank

Mother nature reminded us Tuesday that summer is not quite here.

With light rains falling sporadically around Lake Tahoe people quickly put their tops back on their jeeps, grabbed their raincoats and at times ran for cover.

According to the National Weather Service in Reno, South Lake Tahoe received .01 of an inch of rainfall from early morning hours to late afternoon. However, forecasters are predicting the rain and humidity levels will taper off as the week rolls on.

But as the wet stuff came down yesterday, it didn’t seem to affect anyone’s plans. People rode bikes, Little Leaguers practiced and construction workers framed houses in their shorts.

“This isn’t rain,” said Lawrence Simmons of Portland, Ore., as he took an afternoon stroll near Regan Beach. “This is what we call up north a small drip.”

Rainfall coupled with temperatures ranging in the upper 60s did however make for a very humid day, with levels reaching 85 percent.

“I’m not bothered by the rain at all,” said Nicole Randle of South Lake Tahoe. “It’s the humidity that can be a little uncomfortable at times.”

Forecasters are predicting partly cloudy skies for the rest of the week with temperatures rising into the mid-70s throughout the weekend. These projections were welcomed by some who are already in summertime mode.

“I really don’t mind if it rains during the week,” said Paul Shira of South Lake Tahoe. “But, I live for the weekends and rain isn’t something I welcome during my days off.”

Well, have no fear, Tahoe. With the snow almost completely melted off mountain hiking and biking trails, golf courses in full swing and Little Leaguers taking to the fields, summertime is right around the corner and is peaking through the cloudy skies as we speak.

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