The Ottumwa Courier

September 16, 2013

Weekend rains a welcome shift


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — This wasn't quite what southeast Iowa needs, but at the end of a very dry summer it's hard to complain.

Ottumwa saw a soggy weekend. Well, a partially soggy weekend, anyway. The official rainfall comes to a paltry 0.14 inches since Saturday night, but that's more than at any time since Aug. 6-7.

The good news is that there are several more chances for rain this week. The National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday and a 60 percent chance Tuesday night. The odds of a storm drop for a day after that, though it can't be ruled out Wednesday or Thursday. But it comes up again with a 50 percent chance of rain Thursday night.

How much rain falls this week is a tougher call to make. But the current forecast calls for close to a half-inch of rain at the low end and more than an inch at the upper range. It's nowhere near enough to undo the effects of months with little precipitation, but it's welcome.