CLINTON — Meteorologists anticipate Clinton residents will get a minor reprieve today from the constant onslaught of rain.
But it's not likely to last long.
The National Weather Service is calling for just a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms today, before it ramps up again, with a 70 percent chance projected Wednesday.
The National Weather Service also is calling for the possibility of new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible in the two separate storms being predicted for Wednesday and Wednesday night.
This is coming off the heels of a rainy Labor Day weekend, where the Clinton area has almost doubled the normal amount of rain for the month of September.
Clinton-area weather observer for the U.S. government James Blaess said in the first three days of September, the area has already seen 5.52 inches of rain. The normal rainfall for September is 2.95 inches.
Just last year, it rained only twice in Clinton in the month of September, totaling just .33 inches of rain, making September 2017 the second-driest September since record-keeping began in the 1880s.
The heavy amount of rain in a short period caused standing water throughout Clinton over the weekend, with a flash flood watch in effect until early this morning.
With more rounds of thunderstorms expected into Saturday, the National Weather Service is not optimistic that flash flooding will be gone for long.
"Heavy rainfall and possible flash flooding will continue to be a concern," a National Weather Service report stated for Clinton County. "The remnants of tropical system 'Gordon' will then track into the Midwest from the Gulf Coast and cause very heavy rainfall and flash flooding, along with additional river flooding."
Residents near the Wapsipinicon River should expect flooding this week. On Monday afternoon, the stage was 10.9 feet and rising. The flood stage is 11 feet.
The National Weather Service expects it will continue rising to 12 feet today. At 12.5 feet, that is considered a major flood stage, with water affecting the old U.S. 61 near the river.
Several rain events have contributed to the flash flooding in the area, but the major one came Saturday morning in a two-hour window, with Blaess measuring 3.52 inches of rain from 5 to 7 a.m. Saturday.
The soil situation in Clinton County is a far cry from what was previously shaping up as a dry August. During the first half of August, there was only .63 inches of rain reported during the month in Clinton.
Since that time, 12.29 inches of rain has been recorded.