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Snow Drought Worsens In Michigan

Posted at 8:36 PM, Jan 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-20 20:36:15-05

MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — Despite the snow that is in the forecast for the next few days, it will do very little to alleviate the dry conditions across most of the state. Since 2012 was a dry year, it’s not necessarily good news since we need the moisture for the upcoming growing season and the low lake levels.

As of Sunday, the snowfall total in Grand Rapids for the season is just 9.6″, which is an incredible 32.8″ below normal. Muskegon is fairing even worse. Their total is also 9.6″, but that is 42.6″ below normal. Most of the rest of the state is also in a snow drought. Here is a look at some of the numbers:

  • Lansing has received only 5.8″ so far this season, and this is 19.6″ below normal.
  • Typically snowy Marquette, which normally has over 100″ of snow by now, has just 59.1″
  • Alpena too is well below normal. Their total of 16.0″ is 25.3″ below normal
  • In Detroit, the total of 11.6″ is 7.8″ below normal.

The only place in the State of Michigan with above normal snowfall is Sault St. Marie, though it’s not by much. The total there of 74.7″ is just 3.1″ above normal.

While this week’s snow won’t make up much of the deficit, every little bit helps. For the latest forecast, join us on FOX 17 or visit the weather page at http://www.fox17online.com/weather