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How far behind are we on rainfall?

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Another day, another chance of rain, and another chance of rain that passed with little to show for it. Not only did last nights severe threat pass to the south, we woke up to dry conditions around Mid-Michigan, leaving many with agricultural interests frustrated yet again.

So what gives? Yesterday's storm system was largely dependent on how far north a warm front traveled during the day, with the complex of expected thunderstorms expected to travel right along the front. Ultimately, the front stayed well to our south and so did the heavy rain and thunderstorms.

While it is unfortunate the rain stayed south, we avoided some pretty nasty weather which included 135 damaging wind reports, 19 tornado reports, and 14 reports for large hail.

June 2016 Rainfall Numbers

We've certainly heard from a number of you that your lawns and gardens are struggling, and your sprinkler system may be working overtime. So here's a look at the numbers.

  • Saginaw
    • Average rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 2.18 inches
    • Actual rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 1.75 inches (.43 inches below average)
  • Flint
    • Average rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 2.28 inches
    • Actual rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 0.66 inches (1.62 inches below average)
  • Houghton Lake
    • Average rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 2.39 inches
    • Actual rainfall through June 22nd:
      • 2.32 inches (0.07 inches above normal)

While Saginaw is trailing just under .50" behind, Flint is more than 1.5" behind our monthly average up to this point. This is just a small sample as well, as these are only the official reporting stations from the National Weather Service. Many other communities are likely running behind as well.

Houghton Lake, while checking in slightly above average at this point, received a beneficial rainfall of over an inch on June 16th, which really helped boost their monthly total.

Is there any rain in the forecast?

While a few spotty showers have worked through the area today, they aren't going to significantly cut into our rainfall deficits. However, any rain is appreciated right now.

A better shot of rain will arrive on Sunday as a cold front moves through the area with the chance of thunderstorms. We'll have to do our best rain dance and hope that a lot of us see rain with that storm system as next week is looking fairly dry so far.

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