Great Lakes region divides moisture extremes

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Great Lakes region divides moisture extremes

Michigan’s state climatologist says the weather at the end of June has been extraordinary for the region.

“In some spots, we’ve had at least a month, in some cases two full normal months of precipitation in one week at the end of June—that’s hard to do.”

The added water into the soil Jeff Andresen says is a good thing because July and August have the largest crop and atmospheric water demands.

“With all that weight and all that water on there, we did see some wheat go down, that’s a bad thing, I think a bigger issue is probably is regarding fertilizer and movement,” he says.

Andresen says the Great Lakes are currently breaking up outlooks of drier than normal and wetter than normal across the country.

“We’re going back up to warmer than normal and maybe we’ll stay or persist there for the month of July,” he says.

Seven percent of Michigan is no longer in drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, but more than 85 percent of the state still has some form of dryness.

More from Andresen at the recent MSU Virtual Breakfast.

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