No Drought But Still Dry
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 10, 2014) — It may be hard to believe after the snowy winter we had, but most of West Michigan is pretty dry.
The above image shows the precipitation totals for Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo. Here are some additional locations and the amount below normal:
- Battle Creek: 9.41″, 3.20″ below normal
- Holland: 9.95″, 4.10″ below normal
- Lansing: 12.25″, 0.48″ below normal
While these numbers indicate below normal totals, none of West Michigan is technically in a drought. Each week, the U.S. Drought Monitor updates the drought status across the country. The map below shows all of Michigan is free of drought. Parts of the Midwest, however, are experiencing drought conditions. The area in yellow is the first stage of drought, termed “abnormally dry.” The peach color is the second stage of drought is classified as “moderate.” The remaining categories (not pictured) are severe, extreme, and exceptional drought.
There are parts of the country in an exceptional drought. For more on the drought status across the U.S., visit the U.S. Drought Monitor HERE.
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