GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Most of West Michigan has watched their lawns turn brown as rainfall deficits hit one to three inches across the area.
Southern Kent County seems to be the epicenter of the dryness with a rainfall deficit exceeding three inches.
Some locations, such as Grand Rapids, have not received significant rain (>0.25) during the past 20 days. Digging deeper, Grand Rapids has only received >0.25 inches once in the past 40 days.
There were some locations just east and northeast of the city that did pick up some decent rain Sunday, but it was very spotty in nature.
This has placed much of central and southern lower Michigan between 25-50 percent of normal rainfall this past month.
If you’ve been hoping for rain, Mother Nature seems to be listening. It appears a slow moving low pressure system will traverse the Great Lakes this weekend. This will bring a very good chance of widespread — not spotty — rain throughout the region.
One of the more conservative models in terms of rainfall is the 6z 25km GFS model. It has between 0.5-1 inch of rain across lower Michigan. Notice though how widespread the chance of rain is.
Of course, that is just one of many models Storm Team 8 examines. It seems other forecast models are also on board with the potential of significant rain.
Although the timing of the rain will not be great with the best chance arriving this weekend. It will be nice to get it, considering West Michigan may slip into another dry pattern indicated by the latest 8-14 day precipitation outlook. Besides, it will be nice to give the sprinkles a break.
Stay tuned to Storm Team 8 as we get closer to the weekend as placement and amounts could vary with previous forecasts.