Rain Can't Stop Holiday Celebrations

3:15 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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If you think it has seemed like a soggy summer so far, you are correct.

We are well above average when it comes to rainfall totals, but that is not stopping families from getting out there on this Independence Day to celebrate the Fourth.

The wet Independence Day is not dampening the spirits of families at Beaver Island State Park.

"I love it. As long as I'm with my family, I don't care," says Rosalie Cordone.

"Play through it I guess. Play ball golf in the rain, why not disc golf," says Brian Azzarella.

So far, since June first, Buffalo has had more than seven inches of rain. That is nearly double the average.

"June, we've actually had about 60-percent of the days in June that have been wet. So, it has been a wet one," says Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jennifer Stanonis.

Stanonis checked the numbers for us and found it rained 15 out of the 31 days in May and 17 out of the 30 days in June.

She also looked at what a typical July Fourth looks like weather-wise.

"I found that 60-percent of the Independence Days actually had rain and 40-percent of the time we had some sunshine. Just over 50-percent of the time of the Independence Days over the last 15 years, we've had above average temperatures, so the warn and wet conditions that we're experiencing this year today is actually in favor of the stats," she says.

But all of this rain matters little to the Catuzza family because this Fourth of July, one of their own is getting ready to begin a new life of service to our country.

Joe Catuzza is joining the Navy. He starts boot camp in September.

"I feel a little bit more pride now because I'm actually going to go out and represent what the whole military has been fighting for, I get to be a part of that now," says Catuzza.

His grandmother, Rosalie Cordone, couldn't be prouder.

"Very proud of him. He's a good kid. The best kid you could ever meet for me. We want to be the whole family together in the park no matter if it's rain or shine, we are together," she says.

All of this rain also presents a challenge to boaters. The Coast Guard is warning boaters to watch out for dangerous debris washing into the lakes and rivers because of the rain, especially when that debris goes under water and you can't see it. The Coast Guard says to keep a safe speed, so you can stop quickly if you hit something.

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