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Latest Drought Monitor: Improvement for parts of Mid-Michigan

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We've see our fair share of downpours over the last week or so, and it appears we're making some progress on the drought situation in Mid-Michigan. The latest Drought Monitor released at 8:30 this morning is finally showing some signs of improvement.

While we still have some areas that have work to do, any progress is good progress. 

The latest release shows the area of moderate drought has been trimmed back a bit. Only parts of Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, along with Saginaw and the I-69 corridor counties remain in this stage. Areas north of the Bay like Arenac and Iosco counties have now been downgraded to just abnormally dry. 

One important note in all of this is that this version of the Drought Monitor only includes rain through 7 AM on Tuesday. That means the beneficial rains that fell along I-69 and the Thumb Wednesday morning did not count toward this week's edition. 

Therefore, we may see more improvement in these areas next Thursday. 

Impacts of moderate drought include: 

  • Damage to crops, pastures
  • Streams, reservoirs, or wells low
  • Some water shortages developing or imminent
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested

Impacts of abnormally dry conditions include:

  • Going into drought: 
    • Short-term dryness slowing planting/growth of crops, pastures
  • Coming out of drought:
    • Lingering water deficits
    • Pastures or crops not fully recovered

For perspective, the Drought Monitor gives a big picture look at the dry conditions around the United States. It may not accurately show smaller, more localized conditions for a certain area (example: towns that may have seen multiple downpours over the course of the last week). 

The US Drought Monitor is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the US Department of Agriculture, and the National Mitigation Center. It's released every Thursday morning around 8:30 AM. 

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