By Daryl Weather, Branson News & Weather
Bull Shoals Lake is once again holding a lot of water and for the residents of Forsyth, this is nothing out of the ordinary.
Just below the city of Forsyth, along the banks of Bull Shoals Lake, sits Shadow Rock Park. The park is well known, by locals and visitors alike, for recreational opportunities and camping.
In the past six years however, the park has been under water four times and for a lengthy amount of time on each of those occasions. With the park underwater, this means no campers and a loss of revenue for the city.
Even more devastating is the cost of cleaning up the park once the water has receded.
Recent rainfall in the region, along with additional rainfall forecasted by the National Weather Service, and the possibility of the gates opening at Table Rock Dam, will add to the already flooded park and the flooded banks of Bull Shoals Lake.
In other words, it could be some time before the park sees dry land again.
So, what’s causing so much rain? In warm spring or summer weather, warm, moist air masses move north from the Gulf of Mexico. A front may develop, or – as we’ve seen this season – convection occurs. Convection is the process of heat and moisture rising into cooler areas and creating clouds. Because we’ve been receiving air masses from the Gulf, there’s been a lot of moisture and warmth to work with, causing instability. That instability creates lightning, thunder and those copious bursts of rain.
There may be some relief in the extended weather outlook, although scattered showers are possible throughout the week.
By the weekend, a drier pattern could be in place, bringing partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 70s through the weekend and into next week.
Temperatures in the area should be a little warmer even at the beginning of the week, topping in the low to mid 80s.