The front that moved through this past weekend opened the door to some much-needed moisture for the area. This was just the first in a series of systems to affect us, the latest round of rain that hit Monday was due to a disturbance south of the area in Kansas.
Rainfall amounts the past 48 hours have ranged from 1 to 3 inches with higher amounts in western Iowa.
After below-average precipitation the entire month, Saturday and Monday's rain definitely boosted our totals, but we're still running below average for the month.
For the past 5 months, our average monthly precipitation has been below average, and the last time we had a month above average you have to go back to March.
There are some signs more changes are coming our way as we begin fall on Friday.
A front out west will be arriving Saturday into Sunday increasing our chances for showers and thunderstorms. Models are not in agreement as to how much rain or the timing of the system, but it does appear that we could end up with some good soaking rains at least Sunday into Monday. We will continue to fine tune the forecast as the system is still days away from arriving.