August has been an active weather month with heavy rain saturating the area about two weeks ago and pushing our monthly rainfall totals well above average. The last time we recorded more than 9 inches of rain in August was in 2014. It appears August 2018 won't be the wettest August on record, but it is in third place right now.
As we prepare to kick off a new month, the weather pattern setting up appears to provide a lot of rain the first few days in September. This is not good news for everyone who has a three-day holiday weekend ahead, especially when area pools begin shutting down after the holiday weekend.
Here is a look at the current set up: A front hanging out across Nebraska and Iowa the next few days will stall over the region. As southerly winds transport moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, the rain chances will continue to rise over the weekend and into early next week.
The rain chances look more significant Sunday and on Labor Day, with scattered activity likely in the morning and afternoon both days.
With multiple rounds of rain expected through next week, rain totals could be significant with amounts through Tuesday ranging from 2-4 inches with higher amounts in a few spots. There is the potential of localized flooding as the rain continues through the tail end of next week.
It doesn't appear the chance for rain lets up anytime soon, the 6 to 10 day precipitation outlook from the Climate Prediction Center keeps a chance around through at least the first full week of September.