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July rain totals fall short despite late month rain

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Precipitation totals since June 1st around the region. Precipitation totals since June 1st around the region.
Drought conditions as of July 26, 2016. Drought conditions as of July 26, 2016.
CPC 1 month precipitation outlook. CPC 1 month precipitation outlook.
CPC 3 month precipitation outlook. CPC 3 month precipitation outlook.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

While we ended the month of July with several days of measurable rain in mid-Michigan, it was not enough to lower our deficit levels. While some areas certainly saw more rain than others, most of the region ended the month of July below where they should be in the precipitation department. 

By the Numbers:

For the three locations in the WNEM TV 5 viewing area that keep official climate data, each was below where they should be for the month of July. 

Houghton Lake was in the best shape at the end of July, only ending 0.08 below where they should be. They spent the entire month fluctuating between just below and just above average rainfall for the season.

Saginaw was a little drier, coming in at 0.36 inches below where we should be. This finish was actually a bit of good news for Saginaw, as we spent a good portion of the month more than 1 inch below our average. Several days of decent rainfall allowed us to close the gap in the final weeks of July. 

Flint  was easily the most in need of several days of decent rainfall as we closed out July. The city officially ended the month almost 4 inches below normal, with a final total of 3.97 inches below average rainfall. Dry conditions there have taken a tole on many lawns, as the city has only seen 2.42" since June 1st.

The Drought Continues:

With the numbers listed above it is no surprise that much of Michigan still remains under a moderate drought. While less of the state is at risk for drought now than last week, 61.45% of the state still remains abnormally dry or drier, with 16.35% under a moderate drought. It would take an extended period or persistent and steady rain to bring conditions back to normal for the driest regions.

Will the Dry Weather End?:

The answer to that question is not yet clear. The NOAA Climate Prediction Center lists equal chances for above or below normal precipitation for both the 1 month and the 3 month outlooks, so it could go either way. As for this week, some chances for storms are in the forecast, but they are of the scattered variety and not the drought busting rains that many areas are starting to need. 

The First Warn 5 team will continue to track the dry conditions and our rain chances as we go forward, so be sure to check the forecast and plan accordingly.

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