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Moderate Drought Persists Across Michigan

Moderate drought conditions continue across nearly 80% of the state. Meteorologist Michael Behrens has the latest.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Despite the rainfall around West Michigan on Thursday May 6th, the moderate drought over 75% of the state is seeing continued to persist in the latest U.S. Drought Monitor release. It is likely the rainfall we picked up today, only sparsely heavy, will do little to change the overall pattern. 

In fact, rainfall over the past week had only served to provide minimal changes to drought conditions around Michigan, with just 0.07% of Michigan seeing any improvement at all. 

As of the latest Drought Monitor release, 76.8% of the state was experiencing D1, Moderate Drought, conditions. Another 3.26% of the state was considered abnormally dry. The area under D1 conditions saw no improvement from last week. 

Credit: U.S. Drought Monitor
U.S. Drought Monitor for Michigan as of Thursday May 6, 2021.

Only a few counties in Michigan saw meaningful rainfall from Thursday's rains, and even still, it likely will not help change much. As of May 5th Grand Rapids was under its yearly average rainfall by 4.77", Muskegon by 5.35", and Holland by 5.05". 

Credit: Michael Behrens
West Michigan rainfall deficits as of May 5, 2021.

While the rainfall today will help tamp down fire risk in the immediate future, once things dry back up you can expect fire risk to rise as well. Just the other week a wildfire in Iosco County burned in an area covering 5,666 acres. 

RELATED: Northern Michigan wildfire contained at 32 percent, not growing

With drought conditions forecast to persist through May for much of the 13 On Your Side viewing area, continued vigilance around fire hazards will be necessary. 

Credit: Climate Prediction Center
The drought outlook through May 2021 for Michigan.

The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a slightly above average rainfall forecast for most of Michigan over the next 90 days, (through the end of July), but with a good amount of ground to make up, we need some decent rainfall to turn things around. 

When that rain comes into the forecast you can trust the 13 On Your Side Weather Team to give you the details!

-- Meteorologist Michael Behrens

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