If you’re heading to the ballpark today, bring a poncho.
Rain is expected this afternoon and evening. Chances of precipitation will continue to increase throughout the day and could include mild thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.
“It looks like a soggy day,” said Brian Barjenbruch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley. “It looks like rain off and on with periods of thunderstorms in there. It’ll come down heavy at times.”
Rain and lightning could threaten to delay or postpone today’s scheduled College World Series games at TD Ameritrade Park. Louisville and Auburn are scheduled to play at 1 p.m., followed by Vanderbilt and Mississippi State at 6 p.m.
Barjenbruch said the most recent forecast indicates there may be some infrequent lightning this afternoon and evening, but the potential for a damaging storm is relatively low.
“It’s not 100% out of the question that the most severe storms could produce hail,” he warned.
Wednesday should provide a brief respite from the rain, he said, but Thursday, Friday and Saturday all show a likelihood of thunderstorms.
It may seem as though the College World Series carries a rainy curse, but Barjenbruch said rain and severe thunderstorms should be expected this time of year.
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“It’s one of our best times of the year for frequent thunderstorms,” he said. “It’s close to the climatological peak for severe weather.”
This week’s rain has the potential to worsen Missouri River flooding, he said, particularly in southeast Nebraska and far southwestern Iowa.
“At this point, any moisture that falls in the Missouri River basin only adds to the water going into the river system, every drop of water from the northern Rockies on down,” Barjenbruch said. “As saturated as we have been across the entire region, it doesn’t take a whole lot (of moisture to produce a flood) compared to some of the drier years.”
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June 16, 2017: Lightning strikes outside TD Ameritrade Park. The weather forced a cancellation of the College World Series opening ceremonies.
June 29, 2016: Audrey Lane, 5, plays in a puddle during the rain delay before the College World Series championship between Coastal Carolina and Arizona.
June 14, 2015: Cal State Fullerton undergraduate assistant Chad Cordero grabs some of the players' gear to put in the tunnel as heavy rain starts to fall during a weather delay.
June 20, 2014: Jake Tucker, 14, of Omaha, stands in the falling rain during a delay in a game between Virginia and Mississippi.
June 20, 2014: A storm front roils over downtown as rain and lightning delay a game between Virginia and Mississippi.
June 24, 2013: Fans in line for tickets to the College World Series take refuge behind anything they can as a powerful storm moved through Omaha.
June 14, 2013: A brave couple darts out the main entrance of TD Ameritrade Park into the rain after a shortened version of the opening ceremonies.
June 20, 2011: Wind catches the umbrella from a pair of fans as they make their escape through the rain.
June 20, 2011: A stadium worker tries to keep her hat as she sneaks a look at the storm clouds. Vanderbilt and Florida were forced to leave the field.
June 22, 2010: A thunderstorm forces a delay in the Oklahoma vs. Clemson game after five innings.
June 20, 2010: The South Carolina players seek refuge from the rain in the dugout as puddles develop on the field.
June 20, 2010: What can't newspapers do?! Sergio Jamie tries to stay dry with a copy of The World-Herald while waiting out the rain before the game.
June 23, 2009: Zach Montana, from San Antonio, waits out the end of the rain delay in the seats, while LSU fan Shawn Lam, 14, from Convington, Louisiana, just seems happy to have his shoes off in front of a rainbow.
June 23, 2009: Trevor Anderson, of Omaha, plays catch with his brother, Jacob, in the stands of Rosenblatt Stadium during a rain delay.
June 24, 2006: A rainbow gives fans hope that North Carolina and Oregon State can complete their game.
June 17, 2006: Melissa Negrete, 17, from left, Jenny Brown, 15, Cameron Christensen, 18, and Molly Negrete, 15, enjoy the rain while begging to get inside the Miami dugout during a rain delay.
June 16, 1999: Groundskeeper Vince Sheibal takes a nap in the first-base dugout as he waits for the rain to stop.
June 1, 1987: Lightning strikes behind Oklahoma State players Tony Kounas, left, and Rocky Ward as they check out weather conditions during a rain delay. The Cowboys ultimately defeated LSU 8-7.
June 14, 1972: Coaches and others gather at Rosenblatt Stadium during a rain delay.
June 18, 1966: Ohio State outfielder Bo Rein checks the rain.
June 11, 1960: Rained-out Minnesota players gather. Coach Dick Siebert is host to players (from left) Ken Anderson, Saxe Roberts, Larry Bertelsen, Jim Rantz, Bob Wasko and Wayne Knapp.