At long last, after about a month without substantial rain, thunderstorms descended on the Austin area Saturday with life-sustaining, cooler-weather-inducing celestial liquid. Unfortunately, the long-hoped-for precipitation dampened major social events taking place this weekend.
The predicted rain started coming down in earnest early Saturday evening. A 50 percent chance of the wet stuff had been predicted by the National Weather Service. But who listens to weather predictions anymore? Well, meteorologists are often right as Saturday’s downpour attested, and we might want to pay attention to their forecasts from here on out.
NWS meteorologists are saying the Austin area will get up to one-quarter of an inch by the time it’s all done on Saturday, but higher amounts could be in the offing amid areas experiencing more potent thunderstorms that could develop. The rain had a much-needed cooling effect on the region, with a temperature of 75 degrees registered just past 6 p.m.
But the rain literally rained on some people’s parade. The rains came amid Austin Pride 2018 a massive celebration of gay pride happening through Sunday for which a 6 p.m. parade was scheduled at Fiesta Gardens on the penultimate day today of a week-long celebration. Organizers had predicted attendance of up to 500,000 revelers, and many who had hoped to attend the festivities took to social media to rail against Mother Nature or otherwise lament the climactic development.