Memorial Day Washout: Rain keeps some away from outdoor activities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Memorial Day traditionally involves outdoor activities like grilling out and going to the lake.

But Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating so well this year.

Sheila Hutton works the Central Park gate at Lake Arcadia.

She says she normally has a line on Memorial Day.

This holiday, there’s no wait.

Hutton said, “Most definitely it’s not even a dent in what we normally see.”

Monday’s drenching rains kept many people from going to the lake, but campers there say the storm largely missed them.

Robbie Mervin said, “You could feel it for just a split second, it was not even nothing.”

Mervin said the skies got dark and most people at the Central Park beach left.

But her family decided to wait it out and said it paid off.

Mervin said, “In about 15 minutes it just passed away and so we get the beach to ourselves.”

It made for a much more peaceful Memorial Day for those who didn’t let the rain deter them.

Kim Haynes said, “And then nobody’s here and it’s like yay! Because I really don’t like it packed.”

“I thought there were going to be a lot of people anywhere we went, but I’m glad there’s spots open,” said Kennedy Grubbs as she fished with her family.

A holiday that looked like it would be a bust for outdoor activities ended up ok for the folks at Lake Arcadia.

Grubbs said, “It’s all nice now.”

It proved the age old weather saying that anyone who lives in Oklahoma knows so well.

“It’s Oklahoma. Stick around, it’ll change in a few minutes,” said Hutton.

And it did change again.

The wave of rain that came through in the evening did hit Lake Arcadia.