With showers and storms moving through the area and more rain expected in the Omaha area on and off through the second weekend in July, let's check on our rain totals so far in Omaha.
It has been just over a week since we saw measurable rainfall in Omaha, with Eppley Airfield measuring 0.86 inches of rain on July 4th and 0.03 inches of rain on the 5th. Before that, we saw 0.11 inches of rain on July 1st. Overall, we are below our average rainfall for the month by almost a half an inch. At Eppley, we have measured 14.69" of rain since January 1st. Our average by now is 16.94", so we are 2.25" below average.
Although we are below average for the year, drought conditions are not much of an issue across most of Nebraska. However, parts of extreme southeastern Nebraska have crept back into abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions. In Iowa, the southern part of the state is experiencing abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions with a section of southeastern Iowa reaching severe drought levels. Across the region, drought conditions are much worse to our south in Missouri and Kansas.
While the severe threat is low with the showers and storms Friday, a Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from 7 PM Friday until 10 AM Saturday. Slow-moving thunderstorms could bring rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches, with 3 inches possible in localized areas. Remember: Turn around, don't drown!