Much-needed wet weather moves into W. MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Sprinklers that have been working overtime this summer could soon get a break.

Few rain drops have fallen in central and southern lower Michigan since mid-summer. There have been few significant single rainfall events this summer.

The last rainy day was 25 days ago on Sept. 7 when Grand Rapids received more than a quarter-inch of rain. Then on Aug. 17, a whopping 48 days ago, was the last time Grand Rapids got a half-inch of rain.

It has been more than 100 days since West Michigan was soaked with more than an inch of rain on June 17, before the summer solstice.

>>Chart: Grand Rapids rainfall deficit

This is rather unusual since a large portion of Michigan’s warm season rainfall comes from thunderstorms which typically yield heavier rainfall. The lack of rain has led to abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions.

>>Map: West Michigan drought tracker

This will be the first time in a long time that it appears a wetter weather pattern will settle in across the area. The latest forecast models show West Michigan will likely receive above average rainfall in the coming weeks.

>>Chart: Forecast model rainfall

If West Michigan does receive much-needed rainfall, hopefully it will translate to more golds, reds and orange to the so far lackluster fall colors.

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