Southeast Michigan Drought Conditions

Last Update: 9/22/2012

The Latest Information on Drought Conditions in Southeast Michigan

Worsening drought conditions quickly expanded northward as a severe mid-summer heatwave grew increasingly intense from late June through mid July.  However, multiple soaking rains and a return to a more typical rainfall pattern have resulted in improving drought conditions across Southeast Michigan.

As of September 18th, the U.S. Drought Monitor (updated weekly on Thursday mornings) indicates that part of Lenawee County was in D1 (Moderate Drought) status.  This represents no change from the previous week's update.

 These images are automatically updated on Thursday mornings.  Click on the U.S. Drought Monitor images to visit the corresponding page  

Michigan Drought Conditions

 National Drought Conditions

Source: National Integrated Drought Information System @





60-day Rainfall Percentage of Normal  

60-day rainfall amounts now range from 50% (south) to 200% (Saginaw Valley) of normal across SE Michigan.

 Great Lakes Region (as of 8/29/2012)Great Lakes Region 60-Day Percent of Normal - August 29, 2012


Source: National Weather Service AHPS @



Great Lakes Water Levels

All of the Great Lakes, including Lake Saint Clair, are currently (blue line) below normal (gray dots).  In addition, all are experiencing lower levels than those observed last year with the exception of Lake Superior.

Source:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District (Weekly Great Lakes Water Levels)


Long Term Temperature and Rainfall Outlooks for September and September-November


The NWS Climate Prediction center is responsible for long term outlooks for the United States.  See the One-month and Three-month outlooks below for the most up-to-date information.  These images are automatically updated.  Click on the outlooks to view a larger image.

October Temperature Outlook

October Precipitation Outlook


Oct-Nov-Dec Temperature Outlook


Oct-Nov-Dec Precipitation Outlook

Source: National Weather Service CPC @



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