August started off fairly dry, but the skies opened up by the middle of the month when Omaha and the surrounding area was inundated with heavy rain.
On August 11, Eppley Airfield recorded more than 3 inches in a 24-hour period. That total broke the previous record of 1.44 inches set on that date in 1940, and the faucet remained open with rain impacting the area almost every couple of days.
The rain total so far in August has been more than 5 inches, but that will jump even higher with a couple more rounds of rain headed our way as we wind down the month.
The overall amount for the August is by no means a record-breaker and doesn't even break the top 20 list. You might recall that just last year we recorded more than 9 inches of rain, which made it the 4th wettest August to date.
As it stands for the year, we are running slightly above average by more than 2 1/2 inches. The year has been split with some months being below average on precipitation and others being above.
The wettest month so far this year was in May when we recorded over 7 1/2 inches.
As we begin a new month, the current trends are still keeping the rain around with the next couple of weeks being wetter than normal.