Growing Season Begins Drought-Free

Posted at 9:06 PM, May 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-14 21:06:10-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (May 14, 2014) —  It’s likely no surprise given the very snowy winter, but most of the Midwest, including Michigan, is starting the growing season without any drought concerns.

The map above is from the U.S. Drought Monitor, located on the web HERE. It shows the parts of the country that are experiencing the worst drought conditions are in Texas, Oklahoma, and California.

Here is a look at some of the 2014 precipitation totals in Michigan and the departure from normal:

  • Grand Rapids, 12.17″, 0.81″ above normal
  • Muskegon, 12.35″, 1.89″ above normal
  • Kalamazoo, 6.53″, 3.79″ below normal
  • Battle Creek, 5.67″, 3.65″ below normal
  • Holland, 8.58″, 2.38″ below normal

Even though areas south of Grand Rapids are drier than normal, it is not at the level of being a drought.

We will have updates throughout the growing season on the drought status.

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