Many people in the Tennessee Valley are worried the weather may impact their plans for Memorial Day.
Lots of people use the day off to do some yard work or enjoy the start of summer, but with the potential for rain in the forecast, many are concerned they won’t be able to.
WAAY 31 talked with folks who have outdoor activities planned and learned what they’re going to do if rain is an issue.
“Mix some concrete and set some posts," said Renee Swisher. "We’re building an area to grow blackberries. So, that’s the big plans tomorrow, and we’re hoping that the rain doesn’t hold us up.”
That’s what Renee Swisher and her husband David have planned for Memorial Day.
And if it rains, the Swishers say it’s not going to stop them from enjoying their day off.
“We’re actually hoping for a cloudy, rainy day," David said. "And I know that makes us odd, but we’re hoping for a cloudy rainy day.”
In fact, they’re hoping to plant some flowers on Monday and they say the rain may actually help.
“You don’t have to water them after you put them in the ground," Renee said.
Christian Nerren—who works at Bennett Nurseries in Huntsville—says Memorial Day is a great time to get some yard work done--even if it’s raining.
“There’s good ways to work around it," Nerren said. "I’ve seen people even set up canopies to get things done.”
Nerren says if you’re like the Swishers and you plan to work in the yard tomorrow no matter what, make sure you pay attention to your soil.
“Make sure when you plant your plants, that it is in a dry time, because if the soil is soaked, it can rot your plants out," he said. "It can do some things you wouldn’t want it to do.”
While Nerren and the Swishers say rain won’t interfere with their holiday plans, they know many other people feel differently.
“Good friends of mine on the other side of town, they just put in a gorgeous new swimming pool, and I guess they’re going to be barbecuing," said Renee.
“I think, in general, people who are grilling, they’re not going to like the rain," David added. "They’re not going to appreciate it like we are.”
However, Nerren says, since we can’t control the weather, we shouldn’t let it ruin our day.
“A lot of people like to go down to the river and go down to the lake to do fun things like rafting, kayaking, maybe some swimming. The lake’s always a good option. Even if it does rain, you’re already wet," he said.
And the Swishers say, if it rains, they’re ready for it.
“I guess it’s just going to be muddy," said Renee.
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