Drought development likely this summer in W. Mich.

(Courtesy: Jack Martin, 2012)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Climate Prediction Center is calling for a good chance of drought for parts of West Michigan this summer.


Despite May rain, much of West Michigan is running dry. Here is how much rain we have seen since January and their comparison to average, including water from snow we received in the winter:

  • Grand Rapids: 9.89 inches, below average by 1.47 inches
  • Muskegon: 11.07 inches, above average by 0.61 inches
  • Kalamazoo: 6.39 inches, below average by 3.93 inches
  • Battle Creek 5.48 inches, below average by 3.84 inches
  • Holland 9.05 inches, below average by 1.91 inches
  • Jackson 7.57 inches, below average by 1.15 inches

The map below shows the last 30 days, and the departure from average. The areas in grey have seen an average amount of rain, areas in green have seen almost an inch of rain more than usual and areas in yellow are places that have been running a bit dry.

30 depart
Over the past 30 days, most of the state is either at or below average for rainfall. Only a few areas are above average.

Although drought is forecast to form this summer, it is unknown how extensive it would be. The last time the state experienced a drought was in 2012 when almost all of Michigan was abnormally dry and a fourth of the state was under a severed drought.

Last year, Michigan was far from dry. Although periods of abnormally dry seasons are normal for West Michigan.

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