Parts of Mid-Michigan upgraded to severe drought - WNEM TV 5

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Parts of Mid-Michigan upgraded to severe drought

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It's no secret we could use the rain around here, especially in the Genesee County area which has been running the largest rainfall deficit this summer.

Parts of Mid-Michigan have been under the "Abnormally Dry" or "Moderate Drought" levels this summer, but now parts of Genesee and Shiawassee counties have been upgraded to "Severe Drought".

What is a Severe Drought?

According to the United States Drought Monitor Classification Scheme, the possible impacts from a Severe Drought are as follows:

  • Crop and pasture losses likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed

Where do we stand now?

The current rainfall standings from the National Weather Service climate stations in the TV5 viewing area since June 1st are as follows:

  • Flint: 2.42 inches (5.03 inches below average)
  • Saginaw: 5.20 inches (1.38 inches below average)
  • Houghton Lake: 6.98 inches (1.20 inches below average)

While all three stations are facing a deficit since June 1st, the Flint area is far below the other two with a deficit now greater than 5 inches.

Rain on the way?

While rain chances this summer have been anything but a slam dunk, we do have numerous chances of rain moving through this afternoon and into the weekend.

Coverage of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday evening will be scattered, so there may be folks who make it through today completely dry. But if you do manage to miss the rain today, more widespread rainfall is expected during the day on Friday, lingering into Saturday.

One thing that is working in our favor today through Saturday is the availability of moisture. We have plenty of it available, meaning that any showers or thunderstorms that do develop, will have the chance to provide heavy rainfall.

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