Southeast Michigan reaches first official stage of drought

Despite recent rainfall, our weather has remained dry enough for portions of Metro-Detroit to reach Moderate Drought conditions.

Total rainfall for the month of September in Detroit measures only 0.69″,  a large deficit from our average 2.46″ of rain.

For the year we remain at more than a 7″ deficit for water with a current measurement of 19.09″ of water compared to a yearly average of 26.21″

What does Moderate Drought mean for you?

These are some of the issues that can come from moderate drought, although only crop issues exist for isolated spots in our area at the moment.

  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Streams, reservoirs, or wells low

Southeast Michigan counties currently under the Moderate Drought category are Wayne, southeast Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, and northern Sanilac counties.


Rain showers are possible Sunday and several days next week which should help us rebound a bit.

We’ll monitor the trend and keep you posted on if/when we expect to exit drought stage.

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