Nebraskans can blame Tropical Storm Gordon for days and days of soggy weather. National Weather Service Meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny says that trend will continue for the next few days.
Zapotocny says, “We’ve got tropical moisture that is streaming northward across the southern and central plains. We’ve got this deep moisture and weather disturbances that are moving through the region. We have an ongoing threat of rain and thunderstorms and the rain can be copious at times, like we’ve seen over the last three days where do get amounts in excess of three inches at a time.”
The forecast calls for occasional heavy rain today that will taper off Wednesday. Rain is expected in the southern part of Nebraska into Thursday.
Zapotocny says flood warnings are in effect for areas in eastern Nebraska. The areas hardest hit have been south of Hastings toward Beatrice. Lancaster, Cass and Otoe Counties have seen excessive rainfall over the past few days. The ground is saturated and more rain is expected. Flash flood watches continue for a large area that includes eastern Nebraska and several other states.
Central and western Nebraska experienced their share of rainfall but that threat has passed.
Rain could be a possibility for parts of Nebraska as the weekend approaches. Zapotocny says, “We are watching a tropical system that is moving through the Gulf currently and some of that moisture will come up across Missouri, remnants of that storm. That will probably be more of a problem for Missouri and Iowa but we are keeping our eyes on that for the weekend.”