FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — While Indiana and Ohio have seen daily showers and thunderstorms, Michigan has been left empty handed.
The drought has worsened across the state.
Approximately 30% of Michigan is in a severe drought which has increased from 6% reported a week ago.
Meanwhile, 70% of the state is in a moderate drought and there is only 7% of the state not experiencing any sort of a drought.
The drought can be traced back to wintertime.
For instance, the seasonal snowfall accumulation for the Saginaw area was 16.7” below normal while the Flint area was 3.5” below normal.
On top of that, it was a pretty dry spring for Michigan.
The Saginaw area has picked up 5.78” of rainfall since January 1, 2021 which is 7.58” below average.
The Flint area has received a total of 8.63” of rainfall since the beginning of the year which is nearly five inchs below average.
Development or persistence of #drought is forecast across most areas west of the Rockies during June, while improving conditions are forecast for the Southern Plains, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida. Drought development is also forecast for much of Hawaii. https://t.co/9pT87CSQMB pic.twitter.com/baP1cnaYWl
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) May 31, 2021
According to the Climate Prediction Center Drought Monitor Outlook, it looks grim for Michigan with the drought persisting or worsening through June.
The drought is already negatively impacting the farmers which also dealt with a late season freeze.
On the other side of the coin, it has been a completely different story for Indiana and Ohio.
The daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms have proven to be beneficial for Indiana and Ohio.
The latest drought monitor released Thursday, June 10 indicates just a sliver of northeastern Steuben county in a moderate drought.
That small sliver equates to .08% of the state which is down from .10% from last week.
Abnormally dry conditions encompass 21% of Indiana which is down from 28% reported a week ago.
Meanwhile in the Buckeye state, approximately 2% of the state is in a moderate drought which hasn’t changed over the past seven days.
About 19% of the state is abnormally dry which is up from 15% reported a week ago.
Conditions across Indiana and Ohio are expected to remain fairly steady over the month of June.