The pic. above was taken this weekend by Mike Brady. This is the Flat River near Belding. Mike said: “No river trips today on the Flat River in Belding. The boat launch all the way to the Symrna Dam has virtually dried up.” I checked the river gauge on the Flat River near Smyrna and there is no reading available – probably because the gauge is above the water. The MAWN weather station in Belding has had just 31% of average rainfall since June 27.
Here’s another pic. from Mike – this is the boat launch near Belding. Here’s the % of average flow for Aug. 12 for other area rivers: Rogue River at Rockford 72%, Fish Creek near Crystal in Montcalm Co. 52%, Plaster Creek in G.R. 45% and Bear Creek near Muskegon 39%.
The Michigan Drought Monitor classifies most of Lower Michigan as “Abnormally Dry” (yellow) or “Moderate Drought” (tan colored area). Since 4/1, one weather station near Fremont is 10″ below average rainfall. The latest Michigan crop bulletin lists 50% of the state as “short” in soil moisture and 12% as “very short”. Thirty-Seven percent was rated “adequate” and only 1% rated “surplus”. The Michigan corn crop was rated 6% excellent, 43% good, 29% fair, 16% poor and 6% very poor.
This map shows rainfall expected from Weds. evening thru Friday from the Weather Prediction Center.
This map shows expected rainfall for Weds. evening through Friday from the Weather Prediction Center, with up to 1.5″ in SW Michigan. They forecast heavier amounts south of G.R. and lighter amounts north. I think the significant rainfall may get a touch north of where they have it…in any case, we need the rain.