These October rains are putting harvest and other outdoor activities on a temporary hold, but officials say the extra moisture, combined with recent flooding, is a good thing for some wildlife.
Those benefits may hold over until spring too when eco-tourism is at its peak in Nebraska.
"Fall is another big migratory time for all kinds of birds, ducks, and geese and cranes and neotropical birds - everything's moving south at this point," says Bill Taddicken, director of Rowe Sanctuary.
Many years there isn't much water in the Platte River come October, but thanks to flooding in Colorado, the channels are flowing. Heavy rains over the last few weeks mean nearby wetlands have standing water too.
Taddicken says a full river in the fall is just as beneficial to birds like the crane as it is in the spring.
"The Sandhill Cranes will only stop for a night or so here on the sanctuary or on the Platte River, but Whooping Cranes may spend an extended period of time here in the fall and they like to use the river or wetlands with lots of water in it for protection," he says.
Because they stay in groups and in the area for longer in the fall, officials say it's a good time to spot and count the endangered Whooping Crane.
"If you see a Whooping crane, or you suspect you see a Whooping Crane, keep your distance at least one quarter of a mile away if you possibly can or further and then report it to US Fish and Wildlife Service," says Taddicken.
Whooping Crane sightings can also be reported to Rowe Sanctuary, to the Crane Trust, or the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.