It might have been gloomy outside but many were more than happy to see the downpour that blanketed much of the area Sunday morning.
“We need the rain,” said Lisbon resident Abby Caskey who was a runner in the Iowa City Downtown Race Series Sunday afternoon.
Iowa City received an inch of rain on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service, while Cedar Rapids saw just under an inch.
“It was a decent amount especially the way things have been going here the last two months,” said Tom Philip, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Philip said July 25 and 26 was the last time the area received a significant amount of rain, with about 1.5 inches of rain during the two-day span and any rain since then had only been a few sprinkles. The showers were a welcome change, he said, since the region north of I-80 and much of Southeast Iowa is experiencing moderate to severe drought.
Pat Winters, a vendor at the Iowa Soul Festival held in downtown Iowa City this weekend, said she got a call from event organizers Sunday morning warning her of the rain. But Winters said she set up shop anyways and waited under her tent for the rain to pass.
“The rain wasn’t too bad,” the 57-year-old said. “The rain was welcomed.”
Philip said although the rain was helpful more is needed to make up for the dry weather the area has experienced. And the needed rainfall may not be too far away.
“It does look like we’re in more of a wet pattern then we’ve seen all summer,” Philip said. “There are some more chances of rain in the forecast.”
He said more rain is expected to begin Tuesday and could last through Thursday night.