If your hobbies are mowing the lawn and washing the car twice a week, you’re in luck. More precipitation is in the Omaha-area weather forecast, starting tonight.
The next several days in the Omaha area are expected to produce wet periods, with severe thunderstorms possible Friday and Saturday.
Look for rain to move into the area tonight, forecasters said, with parts of southeast Nebraska expected to receive around 1 inch of rain through Thursday morning.
Friday, strong thunderstorms should develop and some of those may be severe, especially in the afternoon and evening, forecasters said. More severe storms appear to be likely Saturday afternoon and evening.
Some parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa can use the rain, while the Omaha and Lincoln areas are in good shape when it comes to moisture.
Precipitation so far in May is 3.65 inches at Eppley Airfield, with the Omaha airport receiving 1.74 inches last Thursday. The normal for Eppley by May 11 is 1.56 inches.
Since Jan. 1, the Omaha area has received 9 inches of precipitation. The normal total for early May is 8.08 inches, said Terry Landsvork, a hydro-meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Valley.
He said the recent rains should ease up soon.
“We’re expecting normal precipitation for the next three months,’’ Landsvork said, “and near-normal temperatures for the next three months.’’
Normal average monthly temperatures for eastern Nebraska and western Iowa from June through August are the mid- to upper 80s, and normal rainfall is around 4 inches each month.
Meanwhile, parts of northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa could use moisture, he said.
Norfolk, Nebraska, has had 5.18 inches of precipitation so far this year, he said, below the normal total of 7.03 inches.
Sioux City, Iowa, has reported 5.66 inches of precipitation for the year, Landsvork said. The normal by this point on the calendar is 7.51 inches.
The abundance of rain in some locations and lack of precipitation in other spots have been driven by a pattern of storms tracking south of Interstate 80 across northern Kansas and southern Nebraska, he said.
For instance, Lincoln has had 8.18 inches of rain so far in May, way above the normal of 1.51, Landsvork said. That city’s precipitation total for the year is 12.78 inches, more than 5 inches over the normal of 7.56.
Lincoln’s airport received almost 7 inches of rain May 6 and last Thursday, he said, and points to the south and west of Lincoln reported unofficial totals near 10 inches.
By contrast, storms stayed away from Nebraska and Iowa during March, giving the two states a near-record dry month and central Nebraska its driest March in 121 years of recordkeeping.
Nebraska had its second-driest and Iowa its third-driest March on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The latest Omaha-area forecast from the weather service:
Today — Sunny and breezy with a high near 73.
Tonight — An 80 percent chance of showers and maybe a thunderstorm after 10 p.m., with some of the storms possibly producing heavy rainfall. A low around 55.
Thursday — A 70 percent showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1 p.m., then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. A high near 69.
Thursday night — Mostly cloudy with a low around 58.
Friday — A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. A high near 78.
Friday night — A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low around 65.
Saturday — A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, breezy and a high near 79.
Saturday night — Showers and thunderstorms likely with a low around 63.
Sunday — Scattered showers and thunderstorms with a high near 75.