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Area of severe drought extends to much of Mid-Michigan

The Lower Peninsula last saw this much of a severe drought 18 years ago in 2003
Much of Mid-Michigan is covered by a severe drought.
Much of Mid-Michigan is covered by a severe drought.(source: National Weather Service)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 12:01 PM EDT
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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - The Mid-Michigan region badly needs rain.

An area of severe drought extended from a small area of West Michigan last week to cover much of Mid-Michigan and the central Lower Peninsula this week. The area covers over 6% of the state.

Michigan last saw a drought this widespread in 2007, but that affected mostly the Upper Peninsula. The Lower Peninsula last saw this much of a severe drought 18 years ago in 2003.

Farmers will feel the effects of this drought the most. Crop yields are expected to decrease and irrigation costs will increase due to the lack of rainfall.

The Flint area is 4.75 inches below normal for rainfall this year, according to the National Weather Service. The area has received 8.63 inches of rainfall since Jan. 1, but the average is 13.68 inches.

Last year, Flint was slightly above average for rainfall at this time with 13.95 inches.

The situation is even worse in the Saginaw area, which is received less than half of the normal rainfall for this time of the year. The area received only 5.78 inches of rainfall since Jan. 1, which is down 7.47 inches from the average on this date of 13.25 inches.

The Flint area was only about 3 inches below normal on snowfall last winter while the Saginaw area was 16.7 inches below normal.

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