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Parts of Michigan Enter First Stage of Drought

Posted at 8:53 PM, Aug 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-29 20:53:16-04

WEST MICHIGAN — (FOX 17) — For the past several weeks, parts of West Michigan (mainly along and north of I-96) have been a little drier than normal. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, these areas have entered the first stage of drought termed “abnormally dry.”

This map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows parts of Newaygo, Oceana, Lake, and Mason Counties in this abnormally dry category. Much of northern Lower Michigan is included as well.

Here are look at some of the rainfall totals this summer (since June 1):

  • Grand Rapids: 9.63″, 1.26″ below normal
  • Muskegon: 8.50″, 0.42″ above normal
  • Holland: 9.23″, 1.16″ below normal
  • Traverse City: 8.07″, 1.27″ below normal
  • Alpena: 6.61″, 2,05″ below normal

Meanwhile, areas along and south of I-94 are in much better shape. Kalamazoo’s rainfall total since June 1 is 3.20″ above normal, while Battle Creek has a rainfall surplus of 3.57″.

For a look at the drought status for the rest of the midwest and the U.S., click HERE.

There are some chances of rain over the next few days. For the latest forecast, join us on FOX 17 News or visit the weather page at http://www.fox17online.com/weather